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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby The Do » Thu, 17 May 2018, 20:49

Neptune wrote:If WR had sorted it's house in order a long time ago, and had adjusted the RWC teams to 24, we wouldn't be in this mess with the REC right now. The limited chances of qualification teams, and with only 8 teams guaranteed a spot, makes it a matter of life and death for tier 2 and 3 nations to qualify.


What a lot of crap! Even if there was 4 more side in the World Cup, I think it would be absolutely ridiculous to suggest that sides wouldn’t still try to use ineligible players.
So let’s say there was four more teams, only one would probably go automatically to Europe, one probably to Africa, one probably to the Americas and one to an extra reprecharge. How is that going to stop Romania, Spain and Belgium fielding ineligible players by only having one extra direct spot.
We all want to increase the number of teams in the World Cup but let’s not try to shift the blame away from what those Unions did.

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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby Neptune » Thu, 17 May 2018, 20:52

The Do wrote:
Neptune wrote:If WR had sorted it's house in order a long time ago, and had adjusted the RWC teams to 24, we wouldn't be in this mess with the REC right now. The limited chances of qualification teams, and with only 8 teams guaranteed a spot, makes it a matter of life and death for tier 2 and 3 nations to qualify.


What a lot of crap! Even if there was 4 more side in the World Cup, I think it would be absolutely ridiculous to suggest that sides wouldn’t still try to use ineligible players.
So let’s say there was four more teams, only one would probably go automatically to Europe, one probably to Africa, one probably to the Americas and one to an extra reprecharge. How is that going to stop Romania, Spain and Belgium fielding ineligible players by only having one extra direct spot.
We all want to increase the number of teams in the World Cup but let’s not try to shift the blame away from what those Unions did.


I agree, but the limited spots is what makes people use short cuts to qualify. WR just needs to get its house in order. From my personal opinion, Spain was the team to qualify and were denied justice. Kudos to Russia on their qualification.

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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby The Do » Thu, 17 May 2018, 21:03

You can say limited spots made these Unions do this but let’s imagine Europe had 12 automatic spots, who is to say Portugal or the Netherlands won’t try to field ineligible player due to “limited spots”. The limited spots line is a cop out. I feel sorry for the players who have busted their arses through training, time away from their jobs and family and have it come to nothing because their Unions can’t follow rules.

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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby NaBUru38 » Fri, 18 May 2018, 00:36

Neptune wrote:If WR had sorted it's house in order a long time ago, and had adjusted the RWC teams to 24, we wouldn't be in this mess with the REC right now. The limited chances of qualification teams, and with only 8 teams guaranteed a spot, makes it a matter of life and death for tier 2 and 3 nations to qualify.

The issues at the European qualifier don't depend on the number of qualifying spots or the tournament format. They happened because of mismanagement of the unions.

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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby thatrugbyguy » Fri, 18 May 2018, 02:21

In some way it's good this eligibility issues happened now because it means there's time to reform the process before expanding. The last thing we need is for expansion to happen and then find out 6-7 teams who have qualified have players in their team who shouldn't be there. But Russia is really going to have to step up to the mark in the next 18 month. If they can put up competitive matches against Ireland and Scotland that may actually help the expansion case more.

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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby Grayday88 » Mon, 21 May 2018, 23:10

I think expansion is likely due to the markets that 24 teams could bring in like Brazil and Hong Kong

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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby thatrugbyguy » Tue, 22 May 2018, 13:28

WR more than likely is looking at Brazil's development in recent years with a keen eye.

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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby Neptune » Wed, 23 May 2018, 17:35

I hope the REC 2018 mess will now open WR's eyes for the 2023 World Cup and make them increase the teams. We can never stoop so low to that level where teams that progress are decided in boardrooms rather than on the pitch. 2023 should be the first World Cup with 24 teams.

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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby Tobar » Wed, 23 May 2018, 18:00

thatrugbyguy wrote:WR more than likely is looking at Brazil's development in recent years with a keen eye.


Considering the introduction of the South American league and recent expansion of South American tournaments, I would imagine that they are considering the idea in the future. The earliest that they could expand would be at least 2027 since no one is hosting it yet. Ideally this means 7 years of a professional league in South America. Even though the competition will not be anywhere near as good as Tier 1 competitions it will still have a tremendous effect on the countries and will make a potential 24 team RWC far more competitive than without it.

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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby qwerty » Wed, 23 May 2018, 18:27

I had no idea you were in Earful of Dirt!

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Re: Increase the RWC to 24 teams

Postby Tobar » Wed, 23 May 2018, 19:22

Kept a low profile but unfortunately no one has unknowingly heaped immense praises on me so there’s no reason to keep secret anymore :p

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