Mon, 20 Mar 2017, 15:21
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Raven wrote:Armchair Fan wrote:Even if Spain beats Romania next year (which isn't easy at all according to historic records), Romania can easily earn bonus points in all their games: a losing one in Spain and attacking in all their home games. To me, they have already booked their tickets to Japan.
Regarding the play-off against Portugal, according to Rugby Europe documents it would take place at home of the Championship side, not in Portugal. Still a danger since it takes place in May and player release will be a headache for all involved sides, but easier for Spain, Germany or Russia.
I think my message was a bit of a mix; I meant a hypothetical scenario if Belgium came down and Portugal got promoted in May.
I know the play-off is set for May and in Belgium; getting the players that play overseas might be difficult for both sides, but I guess as Portugal has been selecting domestic players it shouldn´t be much of an issue.
What I meant with the home and away advantage is that (I believe) if Portugal makes it through, then they will play the Home games Belgium played away this tournament right? so Germany & Spain would be in Portugal.
Sorry I might be a bit confusing to read today!
Mon, 20 Mar 2017, 15:54
Armchair is talking about the World Cup qualification game, which we already know is against Portugal in May next year and at home for the 2nd placed team in the RWC Qualifier ranking
You are talking about Portugal/Belgium having home games in the REC next year which gives them advantages in fighting relegation, but won't take part in the RWC qualifier and the qualification game Belgium vs. Portugal.
And yes it is as complicated as it gets.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017, 16:25
Raven wrote:Oohhh, Achso! yes, should have thought those "tiny" details of the likes of the Qualy game and that games vs Portugal won´t count.
Raven wrote:And yes, the qualy for the next World Cup is quite complicated. Partly due to Japan being host and leaving the direct Asia 1 spot vacant (then re-transformed into a repechage place)
Raven wrote:and due to Georgia´s direct qualification....
Mon, 20 Mar 2017, 18:51
RugbyLiebe wrote:Raven wrote:Oohhh, Achso! yes, should have thought those "tiny" details of the likes of the Qualy game and that games vs Portugal won´t count.
I still made a mistake, as we don't know if the RWC qualification game really is in May.
RugbyLiebe wrote:Raven wrote:And yes, the qualy for the next World Cup is quite complicated. Partly due to Japan being host and leaving the direct Asia 1 spot vacant (then re-transformed into a repechage place)
Nothing was changed here. Asia2 was just made Asia1. Hong Kong was playing in the repechage for RWC 2015. The Asia qualification is quite easy. Korea plays HK home-and-away, the winner plays the winner of the division one level down.
RugbyLiebe wrote:Raven wrote:and due to Georgia´s direct qualification....
Europe is f... up due to Georgia, but also because of the switch to a season right before this year which just lasts one year. This means different home and away games which would be "unjust". So make it more equal lead to more complications. Nothing to do with World Rugby to be fair.
Than you add some "complication-spice" by making every single nation in the world be part of the RWC qualification. This is in my eyes good as every team can market a game as a world qualifier game. Quite smart actually.
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grande wrote:Are those Canada/USA games in the international window?
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