Expand 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups Collapse Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… Take a look at all the matches that… Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Expand 2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Rugby World Cup Venues Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, SamoaPool BNew Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, CanadaPool CEngland, France, Argentina, USA, TongaPool DAustralia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, UruguayFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. What you need to know about the 12… Expand Rugby World Cup Venues New ground: Japan 2019 will be the first Rugby World Cup held in Asia (Getty Images) Rugby World Cup GroupsThe 2019 Rugby World Cup runs from Friday 20 September to Saturday 2 November, with games played across Japan. This page has all you need to know with regards the four pools at the tournament.There are 20 teams involved in the World Cup, divided into four groups of five, and the two teams that finish top of the table in their pool after the group matches progress to the quarter-finals.Twelve teams qualified automatically for RWC 2019 by finishing in the top three of their groups at the 2015 tournament in England. Those teams are New Zealand, who won back-to-back titles and are looking to secure a hat-trick in 2019, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, England, Georgia, Japan and Italy.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup fixturesThe original pool draw was made in May 2017, with the 12 qualified teams split into various bands depending on their World Rugby Ranking at the time, with New Zealand, England, Australia and Ireland in the top band.Line-ups: The Rugby World Cup groups after the pool draw in May 2017 (Getty Images)Since then, the USA have qualified as Americas 1 and Uruguay have qualified as Americas 2, while Fiji and Tonga made it to the finals as Oceania 1 and Oceania 2 respectively.After much controversy in the Rugby Europe Championship, which doubles a World Cup qualifier, Russia made it through to Japan as Europe 1. Held in Japan for the first time, make… Samoa went through to Japan 2019 as the Play-off Winner with a comfortable aggregate win over two legs against Germany.Namibia secured the Africa 1 qualifying spot and a place in Pool B by winning the Africa Gold Cup, which also involved Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.The Repechage tournament was played in November 2018 in Marseille and involved four teams – Canada, Germany, Africa Gold Cup runners-up Kenya and Hong Kong, who won the Asia Championship and then beat the Cook Islands in a play-off.Canada won the tournament and secured their place in the World Cup.These are the Rugby World Cup groups for Japan 2019 as they stand:Rugby World Cup GroupsPool A 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups for the 2019 tournament in Japan LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
:10 You know how that alert notice that comes on TV in the middle of the night when you’re watching TV and it makes you pay attention? Well, pretend like that’s happening right now. ALERT… ALERT… ALERT! This just in: Not only does “Brother Roy” of Rankin heritage, belong to the “Know it all Club” as an official member, but he is now “In the Locker Room” with the great and President Eddie Jefferies, Dwight Law, Roland Slade, my old man and many others. Here’s the point. Roy’s preseason unofficial prediction for your Pittsburgh Steelers upcoming season is a 9-7 record. If you didn’t know…now you know…holler!:09 The Miami Heat won the NBA title…Next!:08 To the man who invented the black stretch that all women wear these days… may God truly bless you! (C’mon you all know a man had to be the inventor. Have you been on the South Side lately? Wow…wow…and wow!):07 Yvonne Morris, yeah, girl we go way back. I appreciate all you did to help Champions get where it’s at. We couldn’t have done it without you. (Well, we could have, but that’s a nice thing for me to say.) Anyway, your reward is…you’re now “In the Locker Room” for being a dedicated reader…Boom!:06 If you own the Washington Redskins and you know the name offends Native Americans and you still won’t change the name, you are, in fact, not only a greedy, uncaring capitalist, but yes, you are a little bit racist. I am just saying.:05 Former Boston Celtic Coach “Doc” Rivers is the new coach of the L.A. Clippers. Two things. Lakers you better go get Phil Jackson. You better go find the rest of your game!:04 Here’s a heartfelt and glorious celebration to Coach Karen Hall and the recent passing of her beloved mother. God Bless you Mom! Coach Hall…one of the best people in the world. We love ya, Coach. BILL NEAL