Aussies got a good draw in this one.
Tin foil time:
Are the quarterfinal cross-overs (e.g. Pools A v D, or A v B, etc.) determined before the balls are pulled out of the porcelain?
Or can World Rugby rig it now to best advantage?
TV match-ups, keep the potentially bigger audiences deeper into the finals … dot, dot, dot
Thanks, but Wikipedia is only as good as the referenced souces. Nothing there.Wiki has the finals draw published as follows
You would think that makes sense.I think the format has been exactly the same for the last four RWCs.
Ha ha ha ha, I just read a Jim Tucker article - Dick Graham is the Georgia backs coach.
I didn't know whether to laugh or feel sorry for them...
I also think Spain are a decent chance of getting through, either by beating Tonga in the playoff or more likely winning the repechage. They have quite a few professional players in France - most only play for them sporadically so they're not often at full strength, and probably a number of others who are eligible through parents or grandparents that might put their hand up if Spain were to be so close to qualifying (Russia are still a chance at beating them to the playoff spot).