The time of bird seeds and chart tuneups
Does this chart tell the sordid tale of TI's decline?

The windy path to the Rugby World Cup

When I first saw the following chart, I wondered whether it is really that challenging for these eight teams to get into the Rugby World Cup, currently playing in Japan:


Another visualization of the process conveys a similar message. Both of these are uploaded to Wikipedia.


(This one hasn't been updated and still contains blank entries.)


What are some of the key messages one would want the dataviz to deliver?

  • For the eight countries that got in (not automatically), track their paths to the World Cup. How many competitions did they have to play?
  • For those countries that failed to qualify, track their paths to the point that they were stopped. How many competitions did they play?
  • What is the structure of the qualification rounds? (These are organized regionally, in addition to certain playoffs across regions.)
  • How many countries had a chance to win one of the eight spots?
  • Within each competition, how many teams participated? Did the winner immediately qualify, or face yet another hurdle? Did the losers immediately disqualify, or were they offered another chance?

Here's my take on this chart:




Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

buff butlers

England should win the world cup

The comments to this entry are closed.