A question for those in the know. I just checked the IRB rankings, and the US is ranked 12th, with Canada 13th. What’s the deal with that? Canada POUNDED the American team (56-7) in the Americas qualifying round. We’ve got a fantastic record against the US. So who are they beating that we aren’t? What goes into consideration for the rankings?
Not sure, but i wouldn’t sweat it. Canada have a chance of winning 2 pool games, the USA will be doing exceptionally well if they win 1 as Tonga are no pushovers. I hope both nations are successful as I’d love the game to be embraced more in said countries.
USA Rugby actually looks to be trying this year. There have already been one or two camps for the national team. A number of coaches have been brought over from New Zealand to help prepare the Eagles for the world cup (several all black and former all black coaches I believe). And several American players who play in foreign professional leagues have already committed to coming back for the NA4 matches and training with the Eagles. Then again, we’re in a pool with England, South Africa, Samoa, and Tonga. As Mick said, not exactly a bunch of pushovers there. I just hope our rugby world cup performance is a bit better than our soccer one was.
Canada I can see doing alright in their group, especially if Wales play like they did in the six nations. But I still don’t expect to see any North American team make it out of group play.
Anyone else actually going to the tournament? Any Americans/Canadians making the trip over? I’m hoping to get over for a week or two if I can afford it (and if I remember to get my bloody passport soon enough).