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Sharkbok

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Official Rugby World Cup Pools
December 03, 2012, 20:21:05

 Springboks join Samoa, Scotland in Pool B at 2015 Rugby World Cup

 
 
December 03, 2012
The Springboks were drawn with Samoa and Scotland in Pool B for the Rugby World Cup in 2015. The Pool Allocation Draw took place in London on Monday afternoon.

South Africa, currently second in the International Rugby Board’s world rankings and Rugby World Cup winners in 1995 and 2007, head Pool B for the 2015 tournament, which will take place in England.

It’s the fourth consecutive time that the Springboks have been drawn in the same pool with Samoa, and the second time they are in the same group as Scotland, as in 1999.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, who attended the draw at the Tate Modern in London, was satisfied with the pool allocation.

“Our aim was to be in the first band of teams and we achieved that, moving from fourth at the start of the year to second in the IRB world rankings,” said Meyer.

“As I said before the draw was made – to us it doesn't matter who we are drawn against, because to win the World Cup, you have to beat the best teams out there.

“If ever there was testimony that the gap between the top teams have closed, we saw that over the past month in the Northern Hemisphere. There really is very little to choose between the top sides in the world, while the next batch of teams has also improved a lot recently.”

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All the pools for Rugby World Cup 2015:

Pool A: Australia, England, Wales, Oceania 1, Playoff winners

Pool B: South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Asia1, Americas 2

Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1, Africa 1

Pool D: France, Ireland, Italy, Americas 1, Europe 2


Sharkbok

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RE: Official Rugby World Cup Pools
December 03, 2012, 20:24:22

 Pool A looks like a difficult one. In Northern Hemishpere Conditions with England playing at home, it could be a sad day for Wales. Although if Wales are playng well by that stage it could be OZ or even the hosts England out in the 1st round to not even make it through the pook stages.

 

South Africa allways draws a pacific Island team, although it is pretty good as we get battle heardened before the knock out phases. New Zealand as allways get the easiest group, probably due to their rank typically being number 1 in the world.

 

 


Sharkbok

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RE: Official Rugby World Cup Pools
December 03, 2012, 20:24:23

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moolaa

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RE: Official Rugby World Cup Pools
December 03, 2012, 23:04:13

Bad luck Beeno! Samoa again so good luck with the injury front!

Mind you, we've got Tonga who generally believe any tackle below the eyebrows is both illegal and unsporting behaviour.


canrugby

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RE: Official Rugby World Cup Pools
December 03, 2012, 23:59:22

Yikes. Canada will either be in Pool B, or Pool D. Will probably be Pool D though.

 

Hopefully in the 3 years time Italy take a step back. will be tough to get two wins in either of those pools.


clevermike

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RE: Official Rugby World Cup Pools
December 04, 2012, 00:08:28

moolaa

Thanks for the best comment in years LOL


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