The Simulation – Rugby Leagues International Tournaments – Year 3.

By Daniel Andruczyk

In the last blog the Regional championships were finalised and the winners went through to the next round of tournaments. Also the world cup qualifying rounds had begun. This blog I look at the 6 and 4 nations tournaments that the nations have qualified for.

RLIF Cup (6 Nations)

The RLIF Cup in a natural expansion of the current 4 Nations. But here rather than having set teams in the tournaments its the winning teams from the regional champion ships that qualify through. So from The Pacific Cup, New Zealand and Tonga made it through and from Europe Catalonia and Germany. Into the three way play go Japan who won the Atlantic Cup, Denmark and Australia who came third in their respective regional cups.

So first up is the play off round to determine the last two spots for the RLIF Cup. Results are: Australia 19-29 Denmark, Denmark 16-24 Japan, Japan 22-25 Australia.

Play Off P W D L B PD PT
Japan 2 2 0 0 1 16 4
Denmark 2 1 0 1 1 2 2
Australia 2 0 0 2 1 -13 0

The two teams to qualify through are Japan and Denmark. Australia drops down into the Federation shield which is the level below the RLIF Cup. So in the RLIF Cup there are 2 groups of 3 teams. The results are: (Pool A) New Zealand 24-42 Germany, Germany 30-30 Japan, Japan 34-26 New Zealand, (Pool B) Tonga 26-36 Catalonia, Catalonia 20-16 Denmark, Denmark 18-8 Tonga.

Finals – Pool A P W D L B PD PT
Germany 2 1 1 0 1 18 3
Japan 2 1 1 0 1 8 3
New Zealand 2 0 0 2 1 -26 0
Finals – Pool B P W D L B PD PT
Catalonia 2 2 0 0 1 20 4
Denmark 2 1 0 1 1 10 2
Tonga 2 0 0 2 1 -20 0
  • Final
  • Germany 24-30 Catalonia

So the RLIF Cup champions are Catalonia. However all six of the nations that participate in the RLIF Cup also get automatic qualification to the World Cup.

Federation Shield (4 Nations)

The Federation Shield is the second tier international match, it has the next four best teams from around the world playing. The finalists from this tournament go through to the World Cup and the two remaining nations go into the repechage round to qualify for the World Cup. The results are: United States of America 8-21 Lebanon, Australia 19-24 Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea 18-35 United States of America, Lebanon 30-12 Papua New Guinea, Unites States of America 25-14 Australia, Australia 32-39 Lebanon.

Finals P W D L B PD PT
Lebanon 3 3 0 0 0 29 6
Unites States of America 3 2 0 1 0 15 4
Papua New Guinea 3 1 0 2 0 -21 2
Australia 3 0 0 3 0 -23 0
  • Final
  • Lebanon 32-25 United States of America

Thus Lebanon are the champions and also they along with the United States qualify through to the World Cup. So the 8 teams to go through to the 12 team World Cup are New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Tonga, Catalonia, Denmark Lebanon and the United States of America.

The Federation Shield is played at the same time and place as the RLIF Cup. What I mean by this is that there are 7 Matches in the RLIF Cup and 7 in the Federation Shield. Each of the Federation Shield matches is an opener for the RLIF Cup matches, so fans would get to see 4 different nations playing at the one time in the one spot and because of the incentive, a World Cup spot up for grabs, in the lower competition its not just a Mickey mouse event for the fans, it should prove an incentive for the fans of the lower nations to come and support their team as well as see the best nations of that time playing.

World Cup Qualifiers – Round 2

European Qualifiers

So the next round of European qualifiers is on with four groups of 3 teams with the top teams going into a play off for two more spots.

Eight Teams form the previous round, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Norway and the Czech Republic all join the next four best teams England, Wales, France and Scotland. The results are: (Group A) England 17-25 Belgium, Belgium 28-26 Czech Rep., Czech Rep. 201-2 England, (Group B) Wales 31-10 Greece, Greece 15-30 Portugal, Portugal 8-19 Wales, (Group C) France 20-17 Malta, Malta 32-20 Latvia, Latvia 24-12 France, (Group D) Scotland 23-38 Norway, Norway 12-11 Estonia, Estonia 26-24 Scotland.

Qualifier – Group A P W D L B PD PT
Belgium 2 2 0 0 1 20 4
Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 1 10 2
England 2 0 0 2 1 -20 0
Qualifier – Group B P W D L B PD PT
Wales 2 2 0 0 1 20 4
Portugal 2 1 0 1 1 10 2
Greece 2 0 0 2 1 -20 0
Qualifier – Group C P W D L B PD PT
Malta 2 2 0 0 1 20 4
Latvia 2 1 0 1 1 10 2
France 2 0 0 2 1 -20 0
Qualifier – Group D P W D L B PD PT
Norway 2 2 0 0 1 20 4
Scotland 2 1 0 1 1 10 2
Estonia 2 0 0 2 1 -20 0
  • World Cup Qualifier
  • Belgium 38-36 Norway, Malta 20-22 Wales
  • Repechage Qualifier
  • Norway 26-12 Malta

So we see that Belgium and Wales qualify through to the World Cup and Norway gets another chance through the repechage qualifier.

Pacific and Atlantic Qualifiers

Tokelau and Niue are the nations the qualified from the previous year into the next round. They join the Solomon Islands, South Africa, Fiji and the Cook Islands. Results are: (Group A) Solomon Is 30-22 South Africa, South Africa 35-29 Tokelau, Tokelau 24-24 Solomon Islands, (Group B) Cook islands 14-37 Fiji, Fiji 21-19 Niue, Niue 24-28 Cook Islands.

Qualifiers – Group A P W D L B PD PT
Solomon Islands 2 1 1 0 1 8 3
South Africa 2 1 0 1 1 -2 2
Tokelau 2 0 1 1 1 -6 1
Qualifiers – Group B P W D L B PD PT
Fiji 2 2 0 0 1 25 4
Cook Islands 2 1 0 1 1 -19 2
Niue 2 0 0 2 1 -6 0
  • World Cup Qualifier
  • Solomon Islands 12-22 Fiji

So Fiji goes through to the World Cup while the Solomon Is get another chance through the Repechage round.

Repechage Qualifiers

The Repechage qualifier is one last chance for some of the teams on the fringe and the Federation shield teams that lost out to get one more spot in the World Cup. From Europe Norway qualified, from the Pacific Solomon Island and the Federation Shield its Australia and Papua New Guinea.

  • Papua New Guinea 34-18 Solomon Is, Australia 19-21 Norway
  • Papua New Guinea 31-28 Norway

So Norway get the last spot into the World Cup.

World Cup Qualified Nations

So the 12 teams for the World Cup have been decided. They are:

  1. New Zealand
  2. Denmark
  3. Belgium
  4. Germany
  5. Catalonia
  6. Wales
  7. Japan
  8. Lebanon
  9. Fiji
  10. Tonga
  11. Unites States of America
  12. Papua New Guinea

There are 6 European nations, 4 Pacific Nations and 2 Atlantic Nations. This gives a very nice mix of the world competing nations.

International Cup Qualified Nations

The next best 8 teams to come through the qualifiers also will get to play in a tournament called the International cup. This is a concept on the lines of the old Emerging Nations World Cup. The Nations to qualify through to this are:

  1. Norway
  2. Solomon Islands
  3. South Africa
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Australia
  6. Malta
  7. Cook Islands
  8. Portugal

Thus, overall, there are 20 teams involved on the world stage in the fourth year of the schedule.

Read more tomorrow when I talk about the fourth and last year of the cycle, this goes through the World Cup and Internationals Cup.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: info@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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