THE DRAW EX­PLAINED

NZ Rugby World Tournament Guide - - CONTENTS -

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:

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