You are here

Elland Stadium, Leeds

World Rugby has decided that those teams that finish third in each of this year’s four RWC pools will not have to qualify for the next World Cup in Japan 2019.

The reasoning is to reduce the lengthy elimination process, allowing four teams more training time to develop players. It will also cut down significantly on travel time and expenses for these qualifying nations.

In the past, 12-teams automatically advanced based upon their World Rugby rankings on a specific date. The process for pool placement for England 2015 occurred in October 2012, and resulted in much criticism when four of the top ten ranked fifteens (Australia, England, Wales, and Fiji) were slotted in Pool A.

This new pronouncement will have a profound effect on the ongoing RWC, as mid-placed teams seek to qualify at tournament’s end for a confirmed, future Japanese placement. 

(Photo: Elland Stadium, Leeds where the Eagles will play Scotland.)

Comments

2007 called. They want their news back. This is not a new thing. Teams that finished 3rd in their pools at the 2007 RWC qualified directly for 2011. Teams that finished 3rd in their pools at the 2011 RWC qualified directly for 2015. The system is in place for the third time this tournament; teams that finish 3rd in their pools will qualify for 2019. Their was indeed a draw in December, 2012, but it was simply to assign pools. In fact, qualifying for the remaining eight spots had begun nearly nine months earlier when Mexico defeated Jamaica. I am genuinely curious where you got the information that led you to believe that 12 teams qualified for this tournament based on their December 3, 2012 rankings rather than their 2011 RWC pool rankings. This article indicates that the current scheme was put into place prior to the 2007 RWC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/6644163.stm
+1
-12
-1
#ALAN - "World Rugby announces RWC 2019 qualification process principles The top three teams in each pool at Rugby World Cup 2015 will qualify automatically for Japan 2019 while a global qualification process will ensure that all World Rugby member unions will have the chance to qualify for rugby's showcase event."
+1
+19
-1
That is not at all what I asked. Let me try again: Where did you get the information that led you to believe that 12 teams qualified for this tournament based on their December 3, 2012 rankings rather than their 2011 RWC pool rankings? What makes you think that the qualifying system for 2019 is new and is not being implemented for the third time?
+1
+9
-1