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South Africa are 2019’s Rugby World Cup Champions

The final whistle has blown and South Africa are Rugby World Cup Champions 2019.

Rugby World Cup Final 2019

All rugby fans across the world, whether England, South Africa, neutral or torn, will be eagerly awaiting this final tomorrow.
In what in going to be a tough battle, England face South Africa for their 2nd World Cup final against each other.
We are on the edge of our seats in anticipation of this enthralling battle of rugby giants.

Comfortable New Zealand Win for Bronze

Comfortable New Zealand win over Wales means they are still ranked Number 1 in World Rugby

New Zealand and Wales fight for Redemption…

The third place play-off is not where New Zealand or Wales want to be at the end of the World Cup 2019. Unfortunately, that’s where they will end their tournaments. What impact will this have on our rankings model?

South Africa defeat Wales…

South Africa were victorious in the highly contested semi-final match with Wales, earning the right to face England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final. This is hugely important to the South African side who could now match New Zealand’s World Cup haul of 3 with a win in the final.

England defeat New Zealand to put them in touching distance of the World Cup and World Number 1 Spot

Going into the final, England has the opportunity to not only be crowned World Champion, but also to replace New Zealand at the top of our world rankings.

Tightest match of the Rugby World Cup…

These two great teams are focusing on that place in the final, but this game also represents an opportunity for either team to claim and keep hold of the 4th placed ranking.

Clash of the Titans

Two goliaths go head to head to see who will get the coveted position in the Rugby World Cup final

And then there were four! A weekend of breathtaking Rugby for the World Cup Quarter-Finals

What an exciting tournament this has turned out to be! With underdog victories coming from the most unlikely of places, and some of the strongest teams playing the quality of rugby that leaves little doubt as to how they’ve earned their positions at the business end of the tournament.

The ‘closest to call’ Rugby Quarter Finals yet!?

So, what does each game look like and what does our model predict?

The biggest ranking winners and losers of the World Cup Pool Stages

Today we look at the biggest winners and losers over the Pool Stages and how this may impact the team that will lift the Rugby World Cup in three weeks.

Japan didn’t need a Typhoon to disrupt, as the Pool stages drew to a dramatic conclusion

Japan caused their second major upset of the World Cup by beating Scotland 28 – 21 to top Pool A.

Typhoon Hagibis Causes Havoc with final weekend of Pool and Ranking Deciders

With the typhoon set to land near Yokohama this weekend, Rugby World Cup organisers have cancelled both the Pool C clash – England vs France & the Pool B match – New Zealand vs Italy.

Australia (ranked 6th) vs Georgia (ranked 15th)

With Typhoon Hagibis causing havoc to this weekend’s World Cup fixture schedule[1], Australia’s final Pool game against Georgia has narrowly escaped the chaos, but ranking scores and places are on the line.

Wales beat Fiji to move back into 4th place and other ranking changes

An exciting day of rugby saw the final Pool games for some teams as they either exit the tournament or go forward to the Qualifiers. It should be an amazing weekend of World Cup rugby to come. The battle for ranking supremacy continues as well, here we review all the above.

Battling it out ahead of the Quarter Finals

Following South Africa’s strong 66 – 7 victory over Canada, South Africa has confirmed their place in the quarter finals and increased their ranking score to once again move them up into 4th place in the rankings, ahead of Wales.

Springboks looking to confirm their quarter final place with a win against the Canucks

With one eye firmly on a quarter final place, South Africa are coming into this match ranked 5th against Canada’s 18th in our table.

Third weekend of the World Cup – what happened with the rankings?

There were some highly anticipated games this weekend, not least of which the Pool C grunt match between England and Argentina. But there were also high expectations for hosts Japan against Samoa, and they did not disappoint. How did the weekend’s games effect the rankings? Read on for more details…

England vs Argentina and other Weekend Delights

The match is surrounded by some other juicy encounters as places in the quarter finals are up for grabs.

First Blood to our Ranking Model as Fiji take Georgia Apart

Fiji triumphed today, beating Georgia 45 – 10 in what was an emotional victory not just for the team, but for our ranking model as well.

Our Ranking vs The Official Ranking as Fiji take on Georgia

Tomorrow marks a big day for our rankings as for the first time since the World Cup began, our system is predicting a different winner to the official rankings.

September to Remember for the Rugby World Cup 2019

Now that September has drawn to a close, we can take an interesting look back at what has been a great Rugby World Cup tournament so far.

Result for Scotland the Brave

In what started as a messy game for both sides, Scotland took control in the end and won comfortably.  As well as putting their world cup back on track, this result served to compensate for their relatively poor result against Ireland and returns them to the same ranking score they had at the beginning of

An Exciting Weekend of Rugby Shakes up the Rankings

What a weekend of World Cup rugby, read about the effect the results have had on our rankings.

Super Sunday for Pool D and all the other exciting Weekend Matches Previewed

The coming weekend is representative of the contrasts of the tournament. Saturday brings us three encounters of established first tier nations taking on significantly lower ranked from the second tier across Pools A, B and C.

England beat USA Convincingly to Close gap on New Zealand in the Rankings

England’s comfortable 45 – 7 victory over USA means they have improved their rankings score to get relatively closer to the current highest ranked side New Zealand.

Italy win, with the Pool B Giants yet to come

Italy (ranked 13th) won 48 – 7 on 26th September to beat their lower ranked opponents Canada (ranked 18th)

Italy v Canada

The earlier kick off sees Italy (ranked 13th) take on Canada (ranked 18th).

England vs USA pre match

After England’s opening game 35 – 3 victory over Tonga, they now face their next highest ranked opponent in Pool C – the USA (ranked 12th).

Shock win for Uruguay over Fiji Shakes up the Ranking Table

Today the rugby World Cup experienced one of the biggest shocks in its history with the 10th ranked country in the world Fiji losing 30 – 27 to Uruguay…

Fiji (ranked 10th) vs Uruguay (ranked 18th), Wednesday 25th September (6:15 UTC + 1)

Fiji went toe to toe for 60 minutes with Australia in their opening game, but ultimately fell short in the end. Now they face a Uruguay side playing their first game of the tournament…

Samoa get the job done (Tuesday 24th September)

There was a point in the first half when a potential shock was on the cards with 19th ranked Russia ahead on points and 14th ranked Samoa…

Russia Targets First World Cup Win Under Heightened Sporting Tension

Four days ago Russia battled valiantly against the hosts Japan and although they lost 30 – 10, they improved their ranking as they lost by a smaller margin than expected ( see our blog – did we see what we expected from the first round). They remain ranked in 19th position for the tournament, although they will be looking to build on this when they

Comfortable Victory lifts Wales to 4th in our Rankings

Following Wales’ empathic 43-14 victory over Georgia their ranking improved by 0.2 points, which was enough to lift them to 4th position in the rankings, above South Africa. RankTeamScore1New Zealand18.52England15.63Ireland13.94Wales8.15South Africa7.96Australia7.6 This bodes well for them going into their next pool game against Australia, which many believe could decide who wins pool D, with the

Did we see what we expected from the starting round?

t all began with the hosts Japan taking to the field against Russia. The visitors managed to put Japan on the back foot after picking up a missed catch to score a converted try in the first five minutes.

Wales (ranked 5th) vs Georgia (ranked 15th)

Our ranking system models margin of victory using more advanced methods than the official ranking, it appreciates that these ‘tight games’ could’ve gone another way on another day and adjusts the rankings accordingly.

Weekend 21st-22nd September

There are six games scheduled over the first weekend, and some real belters! But what do our rankings tell us about each of the games?

High expectations for Japan’s world cup opener

As this year’s tournament opens, our rankings have Japan placed 11th, against the official ranking of 10th.

Wales were never world number one

“Lots of journalists out there are going ‘this is a joke’… it’s just a number – that’s all it is at the moment.” – Warren Gatland

Turning the table on rugby world rankings

Our new ranking model overcomes the limitations, incorporating the missing elements and outperforming the official rankings.