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Fiji Tribe convincing winners over France Coqs
Authored by: Rog on Monday, August 07 2017 @ 11:40 am ACST

No matter who you could have switched France for in Division 2, all of Japan, Germany or Croatia (and now China has proven Croatia aren't as strong as expected) they all would have struggled in Div 1. In reality I think we do have a 9 and 9 split here and to avoid byes we have to have someone in the wrong division, and I think that is France. To have forced Fiji along with France into Div 2 would have been a terrible decision.

Edited on Monday, August 07 2017 @ 11:41 am ACST by Rog

Fiji Tribe convincing winners over France Coqs
Authored by: Harley Vague on Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 09:07 am ACST

Yes, technically should be 9/9 split. But this current situation is the best choice. for practicality. I Take it that France are happy in div1 as against being potential div2 winners.. France stuck well with Fiji but ultimately fell away. It will be hard for them to keep up the pressure throughout the comp but they have done similar in the past.

Fiji Tribe convincing winners over France Coqs
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 01:55 pm ACST

I agree with Rog that moving Fiji to Div 2 would have been a terrible choice... They would have belted the newer sides.

AFAIK Tonga were close to making it - and they would have been Div 1. So the organiser may then have moved France (and the bye) to Div 2.

At any rate, at least we didn't have any first-round blowouts to the extent of last time, at least not in the men's comp.