The rules of international rugby are being re-written all the time. In the most recent World Cup, Japan upset South Africa in a thrilling finish and more recently, Ireland stunned the All Blacks right here in Chicago at Soldier Field. Earlier today, Scotland beat Wales with a final score of 29-13.
Maybe it wasn’t quite as dramatic as the other two upsets but still note worthy all the same. This ain’t your daddy’s European-style rugby. Fast attacks, constant tempo, and a weaning off of the ever-important set piece are all seeing a renaissance in the Old World. All of this is excellent news for us, the viewer, because it means we are THIS much closer to seeing parity on the international stage. Of course, North America is way, way, waaaay far behind but baby steps are being taken. Here’s the current standings: