sendô wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:56 am
Should make it like the cricket WC and just have teams in it that can actually play Rugby and have half a chance of making the QF.
Even allowing for the Japs coming good, and Argentina being a much better team than a few years back, it's still likely to be England/Scotland/Wales/Ireland/France/Aus/NZ/SA in the QF.
Whilst I agree there are some mismatches during the tournament, its actually very rare that there isn't at least one of the "2nd tier" nations that reach the quarter finals.
1987 Fiji (SA did not play)
1991 (Western) Samoa and Canada (SA did not play, Wales knocked out)
1995 (Western) Samoa (Wales knocked out)
1999 Argentina (Ireland eliminated)
2003 the 8 that you named.
2007 Fiji and Argentina (Wales & Ireland eliminated)
2011 Argentina (Scotland eliminated)
2015 Argentina (England eliminated)
So actually there has only ever been two tournaments where there wasn't a "surprise" qualifier and Argentina have dropped off in the last couple of years, not got better. (Tonga is the only game they've won this year!)
It would be quite boring if we started at the quarter final stage for me.
I'm watching Japan v Samoa at the moment and its a good match.