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

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    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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    The draw and pool placement has had huge implications for tournaments in the past. Who can forget England being bundled out of their home World Cup after copping the pool of death back in 2015, or both Wales and Ireland being pipped in 2007 from making the quarter-finals?

    The draw is also a massive factor for the smaller nations who are looking to make a finals appearance, with the Island nations, in particular, thriving off beating out their fellow Oceania rivals.

    This year will continue the format of 20 teams in the tournament spread across four pools containing five nations each.

    Before the draw, each team is placed in a band that is dependent on their current world ranking. Band 1 is the highest and Band 5 is the lowest. Each group (or pool) is made up of five teams, one from each of the bands.

    There are 12 teams who have automatically qualified for the tournament and will take up the first three bands. Those sides got a free ticket because they finished in the top three of their pool in the last World Cup.

    The bands are as follows with their current ranking:

    Band 1: New Zealand (1), England (2), Australia (3) and Ireland (4).
    Band 2: Scotland (5), France (6), South Africa (7) and Wales (8).
    Band 3: Argentina (9), Japan (11), Georgia (12), Italy (15).

    The final eight positions in the tournament and last two bands are a bit messier.

    Bands four and five are filled in from a range of qualifying tournaments currently going on around the world. For a more detailed explanation of who can qualify in what position, head over to our Rugby World Cup fixtures page, but the qualifying positions are currently divided up as follows:

    Band 4: Oceania 1, Americas 1, Europe 1 and Africa 1
    Band 5: Oceania 2, Americas 2, Playoff winner, Repechage winner

    We won’t know which teams qualify until November 2018, but we will find out which qualification spot will be in what group, as well as which group each already-qualified team will be in, tonight.

    Catch all the live draw updates and results from 6pm (AEST) on The Roar.

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    • 10:42pm
      Jock Cornet said | 10:42pm | ! Report

      The last World Cup success was based on the tahs super rugby campaign 2014 . We have the opposite momentum. All ROARERS seem to think we will just have success at international level . Rugby is based on form and solid domestic. Competition form. I thought it was just qlders who were delusional .

    • 9:49pm
      davSA said | 9:49pm | ! Report

      Boks can surprise , with Brendan Venter guiding Alaistair Coetzee guiding the Ship a starting Bok pack alone can look like this.

      1. Coennie Oosthuiizen
      2. Bismarck du Plessis
      3. Beast Mtwarira
      4. Franco Mostert
      5. Eben Etsebeth
      6. Ruan Ackermann
      7. Marcell Coetzee
      8. Duanne Vermeulen.

      IIt looks daunting.

      • 3:10am
        Bakkies said | 3:10am | ! Report

        He could be coaching the Boks and Italy in the same Pool

      • 11:10am
        P2R2 said | 11:10am | ! Report

        still not a match for the AB’s…

    • 7:06pm
      Garth said | 7:06pm | ! Report

      Italy may fancy their chances against the Boks, but are more likely to be asking why God hates them.

      “The All Blacks AND Springboks? BOTH of them? In OUR pool?”

    • Roar Rookie

      6:56pm
      Paul D said | 6:56pm | ! Report

      Australia will take that, it could’ve been far worse. 2 years is a long time though and we should worry more about getting our own house in order before we plan the victory parade.

    • Roar Guru

      6:50pm
      PeterK said | 6:50pm | ! Report

      Pool A is actually tricky except for Ireland.

      The playoff winner most probably will be the 3rd PI country so most likely Tonga.

      So Pool A

      Ireland
      Scotland
      Japan
      Romania
      Tonga

      Pool of Death is really hard since Oceania 2 will most likely be Samoa ranked 12
      England
      France
      Argentina
      USA / Canada
      Samoa

    • Roar Guru

      6:44pm
      Machpants said | 6:44pm | ! Report

      If it’s the same as last time Pool A plays B, C > D. Semis I’m not sure but I reckon you could find an image of the 2015 ‘process’ and put this draw into it.

      Glad the ABs got a tough pool, though not so tough with the undecided teams yet. Would have like one of the Pacific nations in there.

      Potential upsets:
      Japan takes down Scotland for their first ever quarters on home ground strength
      The Boks give the ABs their first ever pool defeat, conversely the Boks continue to go downhill and get defeated by Italy again
      Pool C of Death, England get knocked out -0 again- (can;t see it)
      Oz get scrummed off the park by Georgia in a wet typhoon weather game.
      Wales loses another pool game to a PI team!

      But really interesting draws.

      • 6:55pm
        Bakkies said | 6:55pm | ! Report

        ‘Pool C of Death, England get knocked out -0 again- (can;t see it)’

        Could be the French if they don’t improve

    • 6:40pm
      Jaffamike said | 6:40pm | ! Report

      So when do we know which pool plays which for quarter finals onwards.

      • Roar Guru

        6:48pm
        Connor Bennett said | 6:48pm | ! Report

        Nothing confirmed, but if we’re going by the format of 2015 RWC, then it should look something like this.

        Semi-final 1 – Pool A winner vs Pool B runner-up
        Semi-final 2 – Pool B winner vs Pool A runner-up

        The winners of Semi-final 1 and 2 face each other in the semi

        Semi-final 3 – Pool C winner vs Pool D runner-up
        Semi-final 4 – Pool D winner vs Pool C runner-up

        Same thing, the winner of 3 and 4 play each other in the semi.

        • 7:05pm
          Bakkies said | 7:05pm | ! Report

          Connor that was the Quarters as Australia won Pool A and Scotland were Runner up in Pool B

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