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Agustin Pichot – World Ranking system is ridiculous

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Agustin Pichot did not hold back on his views when he spoke to Argentine website aplenorugby.com.aron the World Ranking system.

The ranking system has come under huge debate the last couple of weeks when Wales was judges the number 1 side in the world after beating England at home in a close warmup test.

In the same weekend the World Champions, New Zealand thumb Australia 36-0 but lost their number 1 spot.

Wales have not beaten New Zealand since 1953 and have not played New Zealand since 2017 when the All Blacks beat them in Wales 33-18.

Wales have won 15 out of their last 16 test matches to get the number 1 spot according to World Rugby’s world ranking system.

Pichot told Argentine website aplenorugby.com.ar : “It is a ranking that is badly done and I said it the first day I arrived at World Rugby. It has no order, it is all mathematical and I would say that it is almost a matter of marketing.”

The fact that Argentina is ranked 11th also sit not nocely with Pichot.

Argentina play 99% of the time New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in the Rugby Championship and he recon it is a higher test standard than what teams like Fiji, Japan plays during the year.

He feels the same for a side like Italy who has to compete against the best in Europe every year in the Six Nations where as Japan and Fiji play in a Pacific Tournament.

Pichot called it ridiculous and gave the promise that he is going to change it.

This weekend Wales plays Ireland in another Warm-up test for the World Cup and if they loose against Ireland they will go back to second place on this World Rugby ranking.

Totally agree with Pichot that ranking can not just be a mathematical process and the degree of difficulty in the competition you play must have some impact as well.

How he will change it I do not know, it seems we wil have to live with it as the cricketers have to live with Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method.

Time will tell if Pichot will be able to change anything at World Rugby concerning the ranking of teams.

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  1. Totally agree with Pichot that ranking can not just be a mathematical process and the degree of difficulty in the competition you play must have some impact as well.

    Any statistical ranking system MUST by definition be mathematical and take account of several algorithms to be deemed fair.

    What is needed is NOT to make emotional decisions based on “impact” but rather to use more complex algorithms to fairly rank teams according to better mathematical criteria as mathematics is actually the one complete definable rational logical and fair way of ranking teams.

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