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It may be up to the Springboks to prevent the Webb Ellis Cup from heading north of the equator following this year’s Rugby World Cup final. Image via Instagram @siyakolisi

Can the Springboks prevent a northern hemisphere victory?

It may be up to the Springboks to prevent the Webb Ellis Cup from heading north of the equator following this year’s Rugby World Cup final.

Springboks Siya Kolisi God

It may be up to the Springboks to prevent the Webb Ellis Cup from heading north of the equator following this year’s Rugby World Cup final. Image via Instagram @siyakolisi

It’s clear that the world’s balance of rugby power has dramatically shifted to the northern hemisphere judging by the latest Rugby World Cup 2023 results.

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In the nine Rugby World Cups contested to date since 1987, on only one occasion has a team from the northern hemisphere walked away with the Webb Ellis Cup.

That came in 2003 when England – thanks to Jonny Wilkinson’s extra-time drop goal – beat Australia in Sydney.

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However, unless the Springboks (and maybe the All Blacks) have anything to say about it, don’t bet against the cup heading back north of the equator after this year’s final on Saturday, 28 October.

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A look at the latest results shows a clear dominance of the north over the south in the past few days.

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Northern hemisphere dominance

Italy beat Uruguay 38-17 last Wednesday and the following day France embarrassed Namibia 96-0.

England then blanked Chile 71-0 on Saturday, followed thereafter by Ireland’s 13-8 win over the Springboks.

If that wasn’t enough, Scotland beat Tonga 45-17 and Wales humiliated Australia 40-6 in Sunday’s two matches.

That meant SIX wins for the northern hemisphere teams compared to the ZERO from their southern hemisphere counterparts.

Ouch!

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Are the glory days of the southern hemisphere dominating a thing of the past?

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