2015 World Cup Schedule: 5 False Facts

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2015 World Cup Schedule: 5 False Facts
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We help IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper check his facts!

When the International Rugby Board (IRB) released their schedule for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, they did so adamant that all of the previous inequity issues—which I related in my last column—had been addressed.

No one disputes that the planning of a match schedule for one of the world's largest sporting events is fraught with difficulty and that such planning must certainly take into account a variety of priorities, including media and commercial considerations.

If the IRB leadership had adopted a more cautious tone and pointed to some of the small incremental strides that have been made, most of the world rugby community would have graciously accepted their explanation. Many already have.

However, the release of the 2015 match schedule was accompanied by proclamations of such iron clad certainty that one would think all of the issues of equity and fairness that have long plagued past world cups have been eradicated.

They have not—not by a long shot.

Sadly, despite the misgivings of myself and many others, IRB Chief Executive Mr. Brett Gosper doubled down on his statements the next day when he spoke about the schedule via a video release from the IRB Media offices. 

Unfortunately for Mr. Gosper, many of the statements he has made of over the past few days are open to debate and many others are blatantly false.

So, here in this Bleacher Report exclusive countdown, we shall endeavour to correct the record.

We will begin with Mr. Gosper's initial comments, made days prior to the World Cup schedule's release.

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