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Boks handed dream RWC draw


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 3 Dec 2012 at 17:55
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The Springboks have drawn Samoa and Scotland as their directly-qualified pool-mates for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Hosts England, who go through as part of the second tier of qualifying nations, will be pooled with fellow hosts Wales (tier 3) and Australia (tier 1) in Pool nA, sure to be dubbed the “Pool of Death” by pundits whose originality is somewhat lacking. With Scotland having dropped into the third tier, Samoa will be the Boks’ highest-ranked pool opposition and will continue a trend of facing the Boks in World Cups stretching back to 1995.

New Zealand will face Argentina and Tonga in Pool C, while France, Ireland and Italy make up Pool D’s top seeds.

South Africa’s other opponents in Pool B are likely to be Japan (as likely top Asian qualifier) and either the USA or Canada.

Pool A

Australia
England
Wales
Oceania 1
Playoff Winner

Pool B

South Africa
Samoa
Scotland
Asia 1
Americas 2

Pool C

New Zealand
Argentina
Tonga
Europe 1
Africa 1

Pool D

France
Ireland
Italy
Americas 1
Europe 2



9 Comments

  • Easiest of all. We will win our pool

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.12.12 18:58:11 by Mutley Reply
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  • Samoa AGAIN??!!
    I hope they cost us a couple of players to injury.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.12.12 18:59:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 1) : Dont be so sure. At the moment we’re playing like a bunch of 16 year olds fumbling in the dark with their first girlfriends. I’m HOPING things will improve.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.12.12 19:04:00 by Caratacus Reply

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  • I’d call it a kak draw actually.

    We will in all likelyhood play Aus or Eng in the 1/4s, while the other top seeds will play Ireland, Argentina & Samoa. :sad:

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.12.12 19:05:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • We always have an easy pool, play offs are the problem

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.12.12 19:08:56 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • Dunno how good this draw is… seems we’ll get the english or the aussies in the quarters and the kiwis in the semis…

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.12.12 20:36:34 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Further to my comment about meeting the ABs in the semis; how does that work?

    I dont understand how a seeded draw can mean that the number 1 and 2 ranked teams can be destined to meet in the semi. It makes no sense to me!

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.12.12 21:15:00 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 7) : Allow me to enlighten you – let’s say we meet the All Blacks in the final and beat them. The IRB won’t let that happen for two reasons:
    1. We know “English cuisine” is an oxymoron but the All Blacks claiming to be poisoned again could still be viewed as an insult by their host nation.
    2. There’s probably no movie starring Matt Damon coming out of this one should South Africa beat the All Blacks in the final again.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.12.12 23:20:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Ok explain to me how the Boks got the dream draw?
    1. We have to play one of the most physical /dirty teams in world rugby in the pool stages increasing risk of injury.
    2. Our cross pool is with either Aus/Eng or Wales…and all are very tough to beat in a RWC.
    3. Should we manage to win that game we then play the All Blacks in the semi.
    I dunno..to me is seems like the All Blacks and Ireland got the dream draws…

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.12.12 07:39:38 by SheldonK Reply

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