Thursday, March 13, 2014

RWC Qualification: Who will face Argentina and Canada

Crunch match in Tbilisi 
The match schedules of many countries already confirmed for Rugby World Cup 2015 will be modified this Saturday as Georgia and Romania face-off in a final round European Nations Cup match in Tbilisi. Both nations have already secured their places for England & Wales 2015 and after their match this weekend it will be known who is to play against who at the World Cup. Argentina and Canada are amongst the countries set to discover whether they will face Georgia or Romania in the World Cup.

Looking ahead to Rugby World Cup 2015 there is no bigger match this weekend than that of Georgia v Romania. The European nations are to face-off in Tbilisi on late Saturday afternoon (local time) to determine who will be crowned champions of Division 1A of the European Nations Cup and confirm who will play in Pool C and Pool D of Rugby World Cup 2015.

The winner will qualify for Pool C and thus face Argentina at Rugby World Cup 2015. The pool is also to feature tournament favorites and current champions New Zealand in addition to Tonga and the top African qualifier, possibly Namibia. Pool D, on the other hand, will face France, Ireland, Italy and the winner of the North American section of Rugby World Cup qualification, Canada. 

A large crowd is expected in the Georgian capital and the IRB is looking to underline this as it has taken efforts to have the biggest match of the year to date shown free of charge to global rugby fans. It is to be streamed live by the IRB. It can be viewed here. Kick-off for the tournament decider is to be at 17:00 local time, 15:00 and 13:00 GMT. Local authorities are working tooth and nail to see that the match attracts the interest of the public. The Georgian and Romanian Prime Ministers are expected to attend the match and there have also been strong suggestions that President Giorgi Margvelashvili will also be in attendance.

The overall figures make for interesting reading. Of the seventeen matches played between the nations to date Romania has won eight of them, there has been one draw and Georgia has also won on eight occasions. The first match took place in 1998 with Romania claiming a 27-23 victory. Of the first nine test matches between the teams Romania won seven but more recently Georgia has held the upper hand. Georgia has lost only one of the past eight matches but their match last year was a 9-9 draw in Bucharest.

1 comment:

  1. Group C is NZ, Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1 and Africa 1, not Usa or Uruguay. =P