Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Rugby World Cup points spread

This is a graph of the current points spread in the Rugby World Cup - being held in France. This is actually points differential - points scored minus those conceded.

It's sort of ridiculous that the top 20 teams in the world can be separated be such large differentials, and that that there are countries in the World competition that don't really have serious domestic leagues (or any leagues at all).

And for those of you who don't know much about rugby, getting outscored by 100 points is a very big deal! You kinda suck if that happens.

I wonder how many years this will go on before the World Rugby Commission realizes that they might have to design a new format? I'd rather see the top 10 teams in the world play a set of series against each other that decide the semi finalists than see the top teams walk all over weaker countries in a one-sided affair.

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tony said...

Seems like there may be some bias, with New Zealand appearing at the top... I like the graph though; clean and simple, yet very effective!

Paul Soldera said...

It's in a strict rank order Tony, no bias here! I can't help that the NZ All Blacks are the greatest team to have ever played the game! :)

Steve P. said...

Would you put this chart your blog if yoi were portuguese?

Paul Soldera said...

I'll take that as a rhetorical question.