Ireland Lose World Cup Bid

Ireland was hoping to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, but their hopes have now been dashed. There was a comprehensive technical review done and as a result of that the World Rugby organization has endorsed the opportunity to South Africa instead of others who bid. Explanation for the choice is provided as there are several parameters on which each bidding country is rated. As per these evaluation factors the final decision is taken.

There are several reasons as to why Ireland’s bid fell unsuccessfully. Every nation is rated as per five criteria which carry weightages. These comprise of factors like tournament structure – 20%, commercials and commitment – 35%, tournament structure and organization – 5%, host cities and venues – 30%, hosting and vision – 10%. Ireland rated last in all criteria except in tournament vision factor where they came second to France. Continue reading “Ireland Lose World Cup Bid”

World Cup Schedule For Ireland

The World Cup schedule for the 2019 Rugby tournament has been announced and from the looks of it, Ireland will have good opportunities to work with. As per the schedule Scotland and Ireland will play the opening game.

There will be a game with Japan six days after that. There are two other opponent teams who will play with Ireland in Pool A. As per the fixtures Ireland will commence playing on September 22nd which will be followed by a game with Japan; Ireland will then play in Europe and then there would be a game with the playoff winner. Among these teams, Europe 1 is ranked as the highest after Georgia as per their rankings and performance in the Rugby Europe Championship. Continue reading “World Cup Schedule For Ireland”

ALL BLACKS TROUNCE ARGENTINA 36-10

The All Blacks cruised to expected victories despite a scrappy second half game against Argentina. Four yellow cards were shown but the All Blacks proved their dominance in the sport as they comfortable defeated the Pumas in Buenos Aires.

After their Rugby Championship title victory, they showed they remained the best in the game by trouncing the South Americans despite five starters off the squad.

The All Blacks had four tries in less than an hour to kill the hopes of the crowd. Their performance was a little below par compared to the 57-0 victory over the Springboks. After the slow start, the Pumas tried fighting back in the second half but the All Blacks gave them no breathing space. They picked up two yellow cards though – Matt Todd and Kieran Read. Continue reading “ALL BLACKS TROUNCE ARGENTINA 36-10”

ENGLAND TO BUILD ON SUCCESSFUL SUMMER

England are set to build on the success of this summer which included two victories over Argentina in a three-Test series. Coach Eddie Jones would face selection issues when he names the squad for the Old Mutual Wealth Series. The selected players would face Samoa, Argentina and Australia at Twickenham.

Jones is known for keeping players on their toes as regards his next move. With the numerous faces that played in the summer and with the British & Irish Lions returning to action, the Australian tactician is harder to predict.

Some experienced players – like 22-year old Marco Itoje – may be rested for the upcoming series as more players become available. If this happens, either of Nick Isiekwe of Saracens or Charlie Ewels of Bath may come in. Continue reading “ENGLAND TO BUILD ON SUCCESSFUL SUMMER”