Participants from the ‘Six Nations’ are enjoying the fact that their tournament is finished for the year already, giving them enough of a breather to get those injured players in a good state. They have also benefited from seeing what their competitors have to bring to the party come September. However, the southern hemisphere teams are currently still duking it out for the Super 15 tournament trophy. They suffer a major disadvantage in that they are playing while most northern hemisphere teams are able to give their complete focus to the Rugby World Cup already. It also means that those teams can take the time to analyse the Super 15 games and analyse players’ form closer to the time of the tournament.
To add more weight to the disadvantage is the fact that South Africa, New Zealand and Australia are traditionally the most favoured teams to win the Rugby World Cup. So each team is using this regional tournament to really push the key players in the Rugby World Cup squads. This will help them detect weaknesses and deficiencies that they can then use come tournament time. While the Super 15 is a regional tournament, and key players won’t be risked, winning the tournament is still a fairly big deal in the participating countries, so play will still be intense.
During the run up to the Rugby World Cup 2011, Imagine Rugby will continue to profile the most favoured teams in the tournament, including the defending champions, South Africa. We’ll be bringing you rugby statistics and insight for teams and rugby fixtures from a range of people to ensure we give you the best possible RWC 2011 coverage.
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