Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 14 September 2011 07:01    PDF Print Write e-mail
Quick Turnaround Frustrating
International - Rugby World Cup

The USA have had to turn around from one World Cup match to another in four days, and Canada will have to do it now.

It’s something that all lower-tier teams have to deal with, but that doesn’t mean they have to like it.

USA Captain Todd Clever certainly made it clear in his body language that he didn’t like it. With his words, he was careful.

“It hasn’t been ideal,” Clever said. “It was about getting the body right from the last game and then preparing for the next game.”

Which is very difficult to do when you have one day for recovery and one day for a light workout and captain’s run, leaving one day, just one day, for a full training session.

Compare that to New Zealand, which has gaps of seven or eight days, or Australia, with gaps of six to eight days.

Would it instead make sense to have all teams play with gaps of five days, except when they have a bye, meaning many teams would also have a ten-game gap. That also is imperfect.

Certainly Rugby World Cup learned the lesson of having long periods of dead air from 1999, but Tier II teams are still frustrated that they, which are perhaps least positioned to handle two tests in five days, have to turn around so quickly.

"It makes me laugh,” said Crowley. “The tier two nations only have four days' turnaround and tier one has seven or eight days.”

But, he added, “it is what it is. We knew that this is what it would be like when the draw came out."