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Re: Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualifying

Postby thatrugbyguy » Wed, 17 Jun 2020, 15:24

Rugby isn't soccer, and I think we all agree that the qualifying structures shouldn't be the same. That said, there's got to be a better way forward than what's currently being presented to nations. The entire RWC qualifying structure needs to be re-examined, not only to give teams a shot, even ones who won't make it, but in order to develop more regular competition and growth. The whole Nations Championship argument and the desire from WR to bring more money into the game could be solved by focusing on RWC qualifying more for everyone.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualifying

Postby victorsra » Wed, 17 Jun 2020, 18:00

thatrugbyguy wrote:Rugby isn't soccer, and I think we all agree that the qualifying structures shouldn't be the same. That said, there's got to be a better way forward than what's currently being presented to nations. The entire RWC qualifying structure needs to be re-examined, not only to give teams a shot, even ones who won't make it, but in order to develop more regular competition and growth. The whole Nations Championship argument and the desire from WR to bring more money into the game could be solved by focusing on RWC qualifying more for everyone.

Well, the easiest thing for Europe is to indeed scrap that playoff but if a team is promoted in the middle of the Qualy (from 2025 to 2026) create a special rule for that team: if they finish the 2025 tournament in 3rd place or above, they can challenge the overall 3rd for a playoffs to qualify to the global Repechage. Why not?

This would mean the RWC Qualy would be:

2023 - Conference 2
2024 - Conference 1
2025 - Trophy
2026 - Champíonship + Repechage
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualifying

Postby victorsra » Wed, 17 Jun 2020, 18:03

In fact, I don't see any problem about merging Conference 1 and 2 in 4 groups... why not? There is an opportunity now for Rugby Europe to have:

- Championship with 8 teams (with direct relegation and 7 rounds, round robin, 2 in november + 5 in feb/mar): GEO, RUS, ROM, SPA, POR, BEL, NED, SWI)
- Trophy with 7 teams (6 rounds, 1 promoted, 1 relegated): POL, GER, LIT, UKR, CZE, SWE, MAL
- Conference with 20 teams (4 groups of 5, 4 matches/team + SF, F): North (DEN, NOR, FIN, LAT, EST), West (AND, LUX, AUS, SVK, HUN), South (SVN, SER, BOS, MON, BUL), East (MOL, ISR, CYP, TUR, BLR) - more regional rivalries = less travel distances
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualifying

Postby Canalina » Wed, 24 Jun 2020, 05:06

Australia could share some RWC 2027 games with New Zealand, if they won the right to host the event
https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/sport/65418

The 2021 Oceania Championship, part of the RWC 2023 qualifying path (the winner will play with the loser of Samoa v Tonga), will be played within the first six months of the year, Oceania Rugby wrote

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualifying

Postby thatrugbyguy » Wed, 24 Jun 2020, 09:48

That sounds more like some type of deal to sweeten the idea of a Australia/New Zealand domestic league.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualifying

Postby victorsra » Fri, 26 Jun 2020, 18:11

Maybe that will speed up the projects of new stadiums in Auckland and Christchurch? I feel sorry for Christchurch, they missed the host of the 2011 RWC because of the earthquake...
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