Wednesday, 14 August 2019

All Blacks' no.1 status under threat

I have to say I'm not a big fan of how the World Rugby ranking system works.

It is being reported that if the All Blacks lose to Australia again next weekend they will fall from 1st to 4th place in the world rankings. And if they lose by 16 points or more, they will slip to 6th.

All of which seems utterly ridiculous given their overall record over the past 12-18 months.

Obviously New Zealand's no.1 status should not be set in stone but it does seem perverse that what many perceive to be a mere a blip in form can have such dramatic consequences.

Furthermore, apparently a win by Wales over England on Saturday will see them climb to the top of the rankings, whilst an England victory by 16 points or more will see the English gain the no.1 spot.

Which, in either case, is ludicrous given that the game in Cardiff is merely another warm-up match for the World Cup.

Of course I fully expect New Zealand to beat the Aussies at the weekend so this will all be moot, but still...




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