The Simulation – Rugby Leagues International Tournaments – Year 2.

By Daniel Andruczyk

Last blog I started a simulation that is based on the 4 ways to fix international rugby league. I covered the qualifiers for regional tournaments in Year 1 and now in year 2 of the four year cycle we look at the Finals of these regional championships. At the same time, teams that did not make it to the regional championships they embark on their world cup qualifying.

Pacific Nations Cup

From the qualifiers we saw that the 2 nations to qualify into the finals were the Solomon Islands and Tonga. Here they join Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands in two pools of 3. The Results are: (Pool A) Australia 24-32 Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea 28-10 Solomon Is, Solomon Is 22-16 Australia, (Pool B) New Zealand 36-20 Cook Is, Cook Is 27-39 Tonga, Tonga 25-30 New Zealand.

Finals Pool A P W D L B PD PT
Papua New Guinea 2 2 0 0 1 26 4
Australia 2 1 0 1 1 -4 2
Solomon Is 2 0 0 2 1 -22 0
Finals Pool B P W D L B PD PT
New Zealand 2 2 0 0 1 21 4
Tonga 2 1 0 1 1 4 2
Cook Islands 2 0 0 2 1 -25 0
  • Semi Finals
  • Papua New Guinea 30-33 Tonga, New Zealand 28-25 Australia
  • 3/4 Play off
  • Australia 28-27 Papua New Guinea
  • Final
  • New Zealand 32-11 Tonga

So New Zealand are crowned the Pacific Nations Champions. New Zealand and Tonga qualify automatically into the RLIF Cup (6 Nations) that is played in year 3 and Australia goes into a 3 way play off to make the last two spots of the RLIF cup. Papua New Guinea goes into the Federation Shield (4 Nations)

European Nations Cup

Similar in the European Nations cup there are two pools of four where the four qualifiers from year 1, Catalonia, Denmark, Lebanon and Germany join France, England, Wales and Scotland in the Championship finals. Results are: (Pool A) England 22-21 Wales, Lebanon 35-26 Denmark, Lebanon 23-14 England, Wales 12-20 Lebanon, England 16-32 Denmark, Denmark 16-18 Wales, (Pool B) France 27-30 Scotland, Germany 25-34 Catalonia, Germany 34-23 France, Scotland 28-28 Catalonia, France 20-23 Catalonia, Germany 35-15 Germany.

Qualifiers 1 P W D L B PD PT
Lebanon 3 3 0 0 0 16 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 0 5 2
Wales 3 1 0 2 0 -7 2
England 3 1 0 2 0 -14 2
Qualifiers 1 P W D L B PD PT
Catalonia 3 2 1 0 0 12 5
Germany 3 2 0 1 0 22 4
Scotland 3 1 1 1 0 -12 3
France 3 0 0 3 0 -17 2
  • Semi Finals
  • Lebanon 22-29 Germany, Catalonia 19-14 Denmark
  • 3/4 Play off
  • Lebanon 16-24 Denmark
  • Final
  • Germany 21-29 Catalonia

So here we see that Catalonia win and are crowned European Nations Cup Champions. Both Catalonia and Germany go straight through to the RLIF Cup and Denmark goes into the Play off for the last two spots of the RLIF Cup. Lebanon goes into the Federation Shield.

Atlantic Nations Cup

With only four nations in the Atlantic nations, Unites States of America, Jamaica, Japan and South Africa, only a finals pool has to be played where the winner goes into the RLIF Cup play off and the 2nd Place goes into the Federation shield. Results are: USA 38-21 Jamaica, Japan 15-8 South Africa, Japan 18-18 USA, Jamaica 19-33 Japan, USA 33-22 South Africa, South Africa 30-39 Jamaica.

Finals P W D L B PD PT
Unites States of America 3 2 1 0 0 28 5
Japan 3 2 1 0 0 21 5
Jamaica 3 1 0 2 0 -22 2
South Africa 3 0 0 3 0 -27 0
  • Final
  • USA 17-23 Japan

So Japan qualifies through to the RLIF Cup Qualifier and The United States is through to the Federation shield. In reality the Atlantic Nations Cup can be played in year 1 so that the teams that don’t make it through to the final can take part in the qualifiers in year 2.

This now finalises the 10 Nations that will play in the two major international tournaments in the third year.

World Cup Qualifiers – Round 1

While the finals are going on, the other nations that haven’t made it through can embark on their world cup qualifiers.

European

Four groups of four in the Pacific World cup qualifier group start the proceedings off, so the bottom 16 teams. Results are: (Group A) Russia 26-42 Estonia, Belgium 201-7 Russia, Estonia 23-32 Morocco, Estonia 27-30 Belgium, Morocco 17-38 Russia, Belgium 36-25 Morocco, (Group B) Sweden 30-24 Lebanon, Serbia 17-32 Greece, Greece 40-16 Sweden, Latvia 19-20 Greece, Sweden34-28 Serbia, Serbia 20-23 Latvia, (Group C) Portugal 17-20 Malta, Italy 14-12 Ukraine, Ukraine 17-32 Portugal, Italy 13-34 Malta, Portugal 27-17 Italy, Malta 37-29 Ukraine, (Group D) UAE 30-17 Ireland, Czech 17-24 Norway, Norway 30-9 UAE, Ireland 23-25 Norway, UAE 16-19 Czech, Czech 29-19 Ireland.

WC Qualifiers – GP A P W D L B PD PT
Belgium 3 3 0 0 0 22 6
Estonia 3 1 0 2 0 4 2
Russia 3 1 0 2 0 2 2
Morocco 3 1 0 2 0 -22 2
WC Qualifiers – GP B P W D L B PD PT
Greece 3 3 0 0 0 40 6
Latvia 3 2 0 1 0 6 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 0 -14 2
Sweden 3 0 0 3 0 -32 0
WC Qualifiers – GP C P W D L B PD PT
Malta 3 3 0 0 0 32 6
Portugal 3 2 0 1 0 22 4
Italy 3 1 0 2 0 -24 2
Ukraine 3 0 0 3 0 -25 0
WC Qualifiers – GP D P W D L B PD PT
Norway 3 3 0 0 0 30 6
Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 0 6 4
UAE 3 1 0 2 0 -11 2
Ireland 3 0 0 3 0 -25 0

So qualifying through to the next round to be played in year 3 are Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Norway and the Czech Republic.

Pacific and Atlantic

In the Pacific with the fewer nations there is only one group in the first qualifying round. The Four bottom nations to participate in it, Tokelau, Niue, Jamaica, Samoa. Results are: Tokelau 28-22 Niue, Jamaica 19-30 Samoa, Jamaica 28-31 Tokelau, Samoa 10-29 Niue, Tokelau 18-19 Samoa, Niue 36-24 Jamaica.

WC Qualifiers – GP A P W D L B PD PT
Niue 3 2 0 1 0 25 4
Tokelau 3 2 0 1 0 8 4
Samoa 3 2 0 1 0 -7 4
Jamaica 3 0 0 3 0 -26 0

So the second year of the cycle is complete with RLIF Cup and Federation Shield teams decided but to get their places and the first round of World Cup qualifiers completed.

Join me tomorrow as I continue the simulation with the third year of the four year cycle for Rugby Leagues international schedule.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: info@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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2 Responses to “The Simulation – Rugby Leagues International Tournaments – Year 2.”

  1. oikee says:

    Couple of questions Druzik, what about if more teams(nations) come on board, and looking at niue. If a small nation like this can enter, why are we not developing the larger islands or nations. Hawaii must be able to come on-board, and possible a few other areas around sth america. India, and Pakistan, plus it would not take much to get something stated in China. Dont get me wrong, i think its fantastic a island like niue can enter.

    I think we are developing a good international comp, we just need to keep plugging away.

    • druzik says:

      Yes it will be easy to expand the qulaification as new teams come on board, and also if a team(s) drops out and the qualifiers need to be reduced in size. There is much flexibity in this set up.

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