This weekend’s Six Nations fixtures could play a critical role in the top bands seeds for the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw. Wales and France can both climb in the rankings.
Scotland face the prospect of dropping out of the second band of seeds for the draw.
Below are the permutations for the two Six Nations fixtured scheduled over the weekend, as per World Rugby’s calculations.
England (third) vs Wales (sixth)
- England cannot catch New Zealand (or the Springboks, obviously). There’s only a maximum of 0.23 points available.
- Wales will be the higher-ranked of the two teams in third if they win by more than 15 points – by a mere 0.08 points.
- A smaller margin of victory would be enough to lift Wales one place to fifth if France fail to win at Murrayfield.
- Wales can’t drop from sixth even with a loss by more than 15 points – and could leapfrog France if they suffer a loss by the same margin in Scotland.
- England will remain in the top band of seeds for RWC 2023 pool draw, even if they lose by more than 15 points.
Scotland (eighth) vs France(fifth)
- Scotland can’t improve their ranking.
- Scotland will swap places with Japan (in ninth) if they lose. They’ll then drop out of the second band of seeds for RWC 2023
- If Scotland lose by more than 15, they’ll drop below Argentina who currently sit in tenth.
- France will climb above Ireland if they win by this margin and be in the top band of seeds unless Wales also win by more than 15 points.