Scotland, France and Ireland are battling it out for a seeding at the 2019 World Cup.
Although many argued that both Ireland and Scotland were playing for pride on the final day of the Six Nations, nothing could have been further from the truth. Given that Ireland were ranked seventh and Scotland ninth, both sides were potentially playing for a seeding at the 2019 World Cup.
This was particularly worrying for Ireland, who found themselves ranked second before the 2015 World Cup. However as Scotland were unable to take advantage of Ireland’s slide, many expected Vern Cotter’s men to miss out on a seeding at the 2019 World Cup.
However they maybe about to receive a reprieve according to the Scotsman, who have reported that World Rugby are expected to announce that the World Cup seeding is expected ‘to be finalised in the second or third quarter of 2017’.
As a result, Scotland will have between 10 and 13 matches to elbow their way past eight placed France. They will be boosted by the fact that France could be without many of their key players, as their summer tour to Argentina coincides with the conclusion of the Top 14 season.
Indeed, while Scotland face a winnable series in Japan, Ireland face a tough assignment in South Africa, before facing Australia and New Zealand twice this Autumn.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena