The 2019 Rugby World Cup groups have been announced and we are excited!
Pool A – Ireland, Scotland, Japan and probably Romania. There will be some fantastic matches in that group!
Pool B – Italy have got a hell of a challenge up against the All Blacks and Springboks.
Pool C – England, France and Argentina – Wow. All of them already claiming to be in the group of death. But if you want to win, you have to beat everyone….pool of death,
Pool D – looking comfortable for the Welsh and Aussies only having two teams from the Top 10 in the world rankings. But Georgia are building each year and who knows which Island side will end up qualifying as Oceana 1.
World Rugby have confirmed the structure for the knockout stages of the 2015 tournament will remain in place in 2019. So:
- Quarter-final 1: Winners of Pool B would face runners up in Pool A
- Quarter-final 2: Winners of Pool C would face runners up in Pool D
- Quarter-final 3: Winners of Pool D would face runners up in Pool C
- Quarter-final 4: Winners of Pool A would face runners up in Pool B
The winners of QF 1 and QF 2 would meet in the semi-finals, as would the winners of QF 3 and QF 4.
Who else thinks the Japanese could go all the way to the final in their home tournament?