Aren’t we a bit sick of seeing the same old top five teams?

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Aren’t we a bit sick of seeing the same old top five teams?

Tier two countries are no closer to Rugby World Cup success despite 23 years of professionalism

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Early evidence at Rugby World Cup 2019 suggests the disparity between tier one and tier two nations at the game’s flagship event has changed very little since 1996.

More than 23 years into professionalism in the sport, and at the sixth staging of RWC in the paid era, the chasm between the game’s top teams and the rest remains vast.

Tier one usually refers to the four Rugby Championship teams and Europe’s elite from the Six Nations. Tier two is just about any team outside those 10 nations...

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