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IRB rankings
CwmRheidol (IP Logged)
19 March, 2012 12:36
Why is it that when England got knocked out and we got to the world cup semis, and again today, after we won the grand slam, England are still above us in the world rankings. What do we have to do?

Re: IRB rankings
GvK (IP Logged)
19 March, 2012 13:30
lost twice to Australia (Wcup and at Cardiff) then three home internationals all to sides who were below us in the rankings. If we had beaten France by more than 16 points we would be ahead of England. The complicated mathematics take into account whether it is home/away, scoreline and whether the team you beat/lose to are ahead or behind in the rankings. very complicated also ?meaningless??

Re: IRB rankings
CwmRheidol (IP Logged)
19 March, 2012 14:27
Not quite meaningless. As I understand it the seedings for the next world cup are based on it

Re: IRB rankings
GvK (IP Logged)
19 March, 2012 14:52
Quite true. The inference I was trying to make was the overly complex nature of working the rankings out make them potentially meaningless. If England had lost to France then they would have been fourth before Wales played them and then the positions would have been reversed. By beating France and France dropping below Wales, a simple win was not enough to put Wales higher than 5.

Re: IRB rankings
CwmRheidol (IP Logged)
19 March, 2012 18:09
All this is true, and it appears to be stacked in England's favour. If you play less you lose less (Sm123)

Re: IRB rankings
nld (IP Logged)
20 March, 2012 13:28
I believe RWC games also a get a higher weighting than other matches. Despite Wales getting through to the S-F stage we lost to SA, France and SA and wins over Samoa, Namibia and Fiji doesn't make up for that.

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