DUBLIN, 1 November - IRB Rugby World Cup 2007 will be remembered as the most competitive Tournament to date.
The IRB’s Game Analysis Department, headed by former Referee Corris Thomas, has compiled an in depth study plotting all the major trends and anomalies from a Tournament that provided unprecedented levels of excitement and interest.
The report, available from the link at the bottom of this article, compares the approach of each of the 20 participating Unions across all 48 Tournament matches and also explains how Jake White’s South Africa team side lifted the Webb Ellis Cup.
The report also touches on the competitiveness of the so called smaller Unions, Fiji, Georgia, Namibia, Samoa, Tonga, USA and indeed Tournament debutants Portugal and explains the major advances in performance that have been made since RWC 2003.
The report concludes that lifting the Webb Ellis Cup is quite a different proposition from winning a major championship. Indeed when a Tournament incorporates a knock-out stage, then the dynamics can completely change and this was clearly evident at RWC 2007 and how each of the quarter-finalists approached their knock-out matches.