Rugby World Cup 2019

After the success of its inaugural tournament back in 1987, the Rugby Union World Cup is now considered one of the most important sporting tournaments in the world. Held every four years, the Rugby World Cup is contested by 20 nations who are put in four groups of five teams each.

The winner of the tournament is awarded the Webb Ellis trophy. The most successful World Cup nation is New Zealand, who have won three tournaments, followed by South Africa and Australia, who have won two tournaments each. England have won one tournament.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup, the ninth in the competition’s history, will be held in Japan between the 20th of September and the 2nd of November, and will be the first time that the tournament has ever been held in Asia. The final will be played at the Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa.

The full list of venues for the 2019 World Cup is as follows:

  • Sapporo Dome, Sapporo City
  • Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture/Kamaishi City
  • Kumagaya Rugby Ground, Saitama Prefecture/Kumagaya City
  • New National Stadium Japan, Tokyo
  • International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture/Yokohama City
  • Ogasayama Sports Park Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture/Toyota City
  • Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture/Higashi Osaka City
  • Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium, Kobe City
  • Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka City
  • Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture/Kumamoto City
  • Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture

The competition will again feature 20 nations competing on rugby union’s biggest stage. Twelve of those countries qualified by finishing in the top three of their group in 2015. They are:

New Zealand, England, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, South Africa, France, Argentina, Japan, Georgia and Italy.

The remaining eight teams have to qualify trough a series of regional playoffs and tournaments. For more information on the qualification process, teams and fixtures for the tournament, head over to our 2019 Rugby World Cup draw page.

Last updated: 10 May, 2017

Rugby World Cup Articles

Jarryd Hayne to the Rugby World Cup? Here’s why that’s a terrible idea

Jarryd Hayne to the Rugby World Cup? Here’s why that’s a terrible idea

by , 15 Feb 2018

Rumours are abounding that notorious code-hopper Jarryd Hayne is eyeing off a switch to rugby union in an effort to represent Fiji at the 2019 World Cup.

Eddie Jones holds the key to next year’s Rugby World Cup

Eddie Jones holds the key to next year’s Rugby World Cup

by , 7 Feb 2018

Since Eddie Jones took over as England coach in early 2016, the men in white have won 23 of their 24 internationals as well as capturing back-to-back Six-Nations titles.

Two northern hemisphere teams will contest the 2019 World Cup semi-finals

Two northern hemisphere teams will contest the 2019 World Cup semi-finals

by , 6 Feb 2018 Popular article!

One of the most annoying and inaccurate notions about success at Rugby World Cup is that of teams ‘peaking too soon’, thereby destroying their hopes of winning the tournament.

What price for Nic White at the 2019 World Cup?

What price for Nic White at the 2019 World Cup?

by , 31 Jan 2018 Popular article!

It’s a compelling mystery. Why are some clubs stronger than others in practice, even when their array of talent does not appear to be as formidable on paper?

South Africa set to be awarded 2023 Rugby World Cup

South Africa set to be awarded 2023 Rugby World Cup

by , 15 Nov 2017

South Africa will expect to win the right to host Rugby World Cup 2023 once and for all in London.

South Africa firm as favourites to host Rugby World Cup

South Africa firm as favourites to host Rugby World Cup

by , 1 Nov 2017

The 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to be held in South Africa after the board of the sport’s governing body recommended their bid ahead of Ireland and France on Tuesday.

Why I won’t be supporting the French Rugby World Cup bid

Why I won’t be supporting the French Rugby World Cup bid

by , 25 Sep 2017

According to the French, the only way to “help safeguard international rugby’s future” is to grant them the hosting rights for the 2023 World Cup.

Kieran Read signs with All Blacks through to next World Cup

Kieran Read signs with All Blacks through to next World Cup

by , 24 May 2017

Kieran Read wants to be at the helm of the All Blacks when they pursue a hat-trick of Rugby World Cup titles.

Wallabies receive favourable draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Wallabies receive favourable draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

by , 10 May 2017 Popular article! Video

The 2019 Rugby World Cup draw has been announced with Australia being drawn in Pool D alongside Wales, Georgia and two qualifiers.

2019 Rugby World Cup draw: Japan 2019 pool draw live updates, blog

2019 Rugby World Cup draw: Japan 2019 pool draw live updates, blog

by , 10 May 2017 Video

The 2019 Rugby World Cup draw is the first step towards the big dance in Japan as teams look to build and prepare for who they could be coming up against and how it will impact their campaign. Catch all the live draw updates and results from 6pm (AEST) on The Roar.


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