THE DRAW EXPLAINED
There are 48 games and it’s way too much trouble to work out what is going to happen and who is going to end up playing who in the knockout rounds. We hear you – we always do – and we have your back on this one. Who can be arsed trying to work out what happens if Fiji beat Uruguay and what if Georgia draw with Tonga? No, no – don’t trouble yourself with any of that...
What you need to know is this: as long as the All Blacks top their pool – and something will have gone horribly wrong if they don’t – will play their quarterfinal in Cardiff. Even if they come second in their pool – they will play in Cardiff.
Lets just say they are going to win – in which case they will play the team that comes second in Pool D which contains Ireland, France and Italy.
Pool A – England, Wales and Australia – are paired with Pool B – South Africa, Samoa and Scotland. So if everything goes to world rankings, the quarterfinals will look like this: