Rugby World A Year In Review 2022
Less than one year out from the World Cup which starts on 8th September 2023 and concludes on the 28th October there are many teams in turmoil. The panic button was pushed last month with two coaches being replaced namely by Wales and England which for the latter was an odd choice.
This year was a strange year with many teams heading in reverse and not really building towards the pinnacle of the sport next year. the 4 year cycle between World Cups should see teams rebuilding changing what they got wrong last time out in Japan 2019.
New Zealand and England were the supposedly powerhouses of that tournament which South Africa won comfortably thrashing England in the Final. Since the last World Cup two teams have risen up the rankings being Ireland and France but I still see no major threat by these two for taking the title next year.
Current number one on the rankings due to their series win in New Zealand which was the first ever side to achieve this. This was a massive achievement as no one team has ever done this before and probably will never happen again. The problem with Ireland is the depth of the squad and they also rely too heavily on one player being Johnny Sexton. I just cannot see them lasting by winning 6 games as that is what the World Cup takes to life the trophy. The Irish are still seen as outsiders and not a big threat for the title. New Zealand were weak and and complacent at the time resulting in a mixed performance.
Ranked 2nd for winning the Grand Slam this year having beaten Ireland to win the 6 nations. The French are their own worst enemy and always self destruct somewhere through pure stupidity. The last World Cup they threw a game by having a red card which cost them the match when they were in full control. The forward pack is too weak for set pieces and will be found out by the bigger teams. They have not progressed that much this year and have stagnated. They beat Australia by 1 point and South Africa by 4 points even though this was not the first team.
Ranked number 3 and have spent the year building a squad to win the World Cup. Having key players out to injury has allowed the coaching team to add players experimenting in certain positions. This was highlighted going into matches without a recognized goalkicker which is not something any team would ever do. Handre Pollard has been missing for months and will be back next year. The team is in a process of changing their tactics which will be polished by 2023. We saw glimpses of this when they ran England off the park in their last match this season. They are still firm favorites for next year as they are the one team that has developed far more than any other team. They are not scared to lose in order to achieve set targets as the World Cup is the reward.
Have had a shocking year compared to previous standards achieved as they have been found out on so many levels. England are seen as weak yet they came back to salvage a draw when the game was already lost. South Africa beat them and then lost whilst experimenting. Ireland beat them 2-1 in New Zealand which highlighted how beatable they are. You can never write them off as they are always a threat, but they are not the team they once were. This team is beatable and are one game away from being thrashed as the wheels could come off at any time. Hanging onto their coach has done everyone a huge favor.
Slipping down the rankings at number 5 and regarded by many as low hanging fruit and offering no threats. Firing Eddie Jones will not save them this time around as they don't have the squad or players to make the difference. This is just too late to make changes as the coach coming in cannot perform miracles. After the last World Cup the word on the street was Eddie Jones was going to rebuild the team, but looking at the players there are only a few new faces. Having played 9 matches in 2022 they won 3 lost 5 and drew 1. They beat Wales, Japan and Italy and lost to anyone who had quality.
Ranked at number 6 and still dropping down the ranks which shows the struggles the sport is currently going through down under. Comparisons in many ways to England as they are not competitive any more. I do fear for them as they are that bad and teams ranked under them will see this as an opportunity. Scotland, Wales and Argentina could easily move above them.
The last remaining teams being Scotland, Wales and Argentina will always pose a threat on the day, but they lack quality. Wales changing their coach moving back to Warren Gatland should help and expect them to improve drastically in the coming Six Nations a few months away.
Whatever happens next year we shall definitely see more running rugby moving away from the kicking game. Teams that don't adapt will only be feeding teams that have runners which is where the game is going to change.
You never know who will win it, the team who plays with honestly and who play with full effort will win the upcoming world cup in 2023.
This is not always the case in sport and rugby you need sound tactics and a bit of luck mixed in.
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You never know who will win it, the team who plays with honestly and who play with full effort will win the upcoming world cup in 2023. After all its a game includes team work.
Ireland are a different animal under Andy Farrell. They may surprise you in France next year. The aim is to get past the quarter final for once and I think they will this time around.
They could surprise a few but 6 games is their enemy and they don't have the players to achieve this. 3 games yes but 6 is too many. If Sexton gets injured then they are going to struggle. Shame really as they play a decent game.
We beat Australia without him recently. Jack Crowley is not a bad replacement.
Australia are seriously bad though and should be ranked 8 or 9. I hope they do well as I am Irish.
Ireland team performance is impressive. Hopefully deserving team will win this world cup. The team and its players who work hard will win this world cup. My support is for Ireland. Thanks for sharing this great review about wordcup.
I don't see them winning the World Cup as they are good for a one off game but not 6 games in a row.
Ireland - wow! I didn't know that they had beaten the All Blacks in NZ.
I also didn't realise that Australia and New Zealand had fallen so far.
I stopped following Rugby much when I moved to Israel but went to a Sydney school where Rugby was the religion and boarded with many boys who later went on to be Wallabies, including Mathew Burke.
I remember my Dad talking of the Golden Days when he was young and it seems this is the same for me.
Yes that sounds about right. The sport has fallen away over the last 2 years which is worrying as the sport needs a strong competitive Wallaby team. New Zealand are ripe for the picking however they could still turn things around as we know how much they love their rugby.
I don’t know much about Rugby but Wales and England changing their coaches before World Cup limit there chances of winning, most coaches needs time to build or manage a good team. Backing South African to win the Rugby world Cup
Wow I didn't know Ireland did enough to top the list that's amazing! I suppose the shocking for of NZ helped with that. Very saddening to not even see Samoa in the top 10. A lot of work to do for my country or heritage