The Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have pulled off many upsets in the Rugby World Cup, but we have yet to see one in the cup final. The Pacific Island nations are disadvantaged in rugby, and they could drastically improve their performance on the world stage.
One of the biggest problems that one can see in test rugby is the huge gap between the teams at the top and those below them.
This season has seen the first ranked nation New Zealand win every one of their tests, and the second ranked nation South Africa only lose two tests, both to New Zealand. Australia who are ranked third, have lost twice to the British and Irish Lions, three times to New Zealand, twice to South Africa and once to England. Just think about that, Australia is ranked third after winning 7 out of 14 tests for the year.