Tensions Rise as Wales Beats England 13-6 In Cardiff Just Five Weeks Before the World Cup
A historical day that will be remembered for years to come – Through blood, sweat and tears, Wales has fought their way to the top and, for the first time ever, have achieved the number 1 spot of rugby union’s world rankings. Whilst it is, without doubt, a glorious red-letter day for the Welsh rugby fans and they must have a boost of confidence for the future, England supports were shaken to the bone. Many believed New Zealand would be the key target for England due to their long 10-year hold on the title, their high expectations due to them being champions of the 2015 World Cup, and their impressive 88% win percentage but Wales is stealing the show with this new twist but there’s still one question on everyone’s mind…
What Does This Mean for The World Cup?
The constant looming thought of who will get to hold that giant trophy has been made more chaotic by England’s position being downgraded from 4th to 5th in the world rankings and the Welsh rise. Wales must qualify in pool D whereas England qualifies in pool C. The one and only time England would face them could potentially be Saturday 19th October when one team of both pool C and pool D go head to head. This could only be a possibility if both England and Wales are not one of the two teams from both pools to not qualify. Most England fans still retain hope however as it would not have been the first time in World Cup history that a team more than four places below their opponent has been victorious. The USA has a closer brawl with England on Thursday 26th September but who will be victorious now is anybody’s best guess.
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All Black’s Reaction
Bewildered yet unmoved. The New Zealand rugby coach Steve Hansen had this to say about the rise in the rankings of the Welsh:
“I’ve never understood their system. You win a game and you lose the top ranking?”
This was in reference to the All Black’s recent victory over Australia 36-0 on Saturday. Despite this, they have still been dethroned but, instead of anger being displayed by Hansen, it was fear-mongering that took centre stage.
"They've been great, no problem. Now they've got the expectation," he added. "They're the No 1 team in the world taking it into the World Cup. It couldn't be better timing."
This was an attempt to replace happiness and celebratory moods in the Welsh team with pressure and the looming fear of failure. For now, it appears all teams are still confident about their ability to be the ones to hold up The Webb Ellis Cup but we’ll see who will reign supreme beginning the 20th of September. If you, or any sports fans you know would like to hold up a much more affordable trophy then you can find a wide range of high-quality trophies, medals, and plaques on our website - All of which are highly customisable with engravings that you can add to make the trophy that little bit more unique.
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