How Can the Northern Hemisphere Close the Gap on the South Before 2019 RWC?

By the time referee Craig Joubert went scampering from the field, we were left with only southern-hemisphere participants in Rugby World Cup 2015.

The last four teams were the same four who fight it out for the Rugby Championship on an annual basis.

Indeed, the only side from north of the equator to topple a member of the big four during the tournament was Japan.

Scotland played two of them and lost both, as did Wales, while England, France, and Ireland were all beaten by one of the big...

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