Tell us: Who are the teams to watch out for in the 2019 Rugby World Cup draw?

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    It may be more than two years away but we’ll soon have a better idea of what the road to glory looks like for the Wallabies at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

    The draw officially takes place at 6:00pm (AEST) today and we’ll be broadcasting a special episode of Roar LIVE to react to the pools as soon as they’re announced.

    The Roar LIVE special will be broadcast on our Roar Rugby Facebook page and we’ll also have a live blog of the announcement.

    The special will be hosted by Roar assistant editor Daniel Jeffrey, who will be joined by experts Spiro Zavos and Geoff Parkes as they give their take on the draw.

    But we also want to find out what you think. So, after the amazing performance of Japan at the 2015 tournament, we want you to tell us which team is likely to be the surprise packet of the 2019 tournament in the comments below.

    If you want to drop us a question as we react to the draw, be sure to head over to the Roar Rugby Facebook page during the live stream and add it to the comments section, and we’ll do our best to get to as many as possible.

    You can find out all the info you need about the draw over at our 2019 Rugby World Cup fixtures page, including which 12 teams have already qualified and where the other eight teams will come from.

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    • May 10th 2017 @ 1:47pm
      jameswm said | May 10th 2017 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

      So who is going into the draw as the 9th ranked team? Maybe Argentina (they’re currently ranked 9 on IRB rankings)?

      Whichever group the 9th ranked team goes in will be the group of death.

      • Columnist

        May 10th 2017 @ 2:08pm
        Geoff Parkes said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

        They go into the draw in bands james.

        So effectively there is no distinction between the teams ranked 9-12. Which are Argentina, Japan, Georgia and Italy.

        But yes, the group that ultimately includes Argentina will be a tough one.

        • Roar Guru

          May 10th 2017 @ 2:28pm
          Machooka said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

          Hazard a guess G that all of the top 12 could cause problems on their day.

          Go well for the broadcast buddy… looking forward to it! 😉

        • May 10th 2017 @ 2:31pm
          Bolt1493 said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

          Probably Ireland’s – that seems to be our usual punishment. Course last time round we waited to the quarter finals to lose to the Argies.

        • May 10th 2017 @ 2:31pm
          Bolt1493 said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

          Probably Ireland’s – that seems to be our usual punishment. Course last time round we waited to the quarter finals to lose to the Argies.

          • Roar Rookie

            May 10th 2017 @ 2:35pm
            Paul D said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

            Ireland are Band 1, like Australia. We won’t be pooled with them.

            • Columnist

              May 10th 2017 @ 2:51pm
              Geoff Parkes said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

              I think Andrew is Irish Paul…

              • Roar Rookie

                May 10th 2017 @ 2:55pm
                Paul D said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

                Ah my mistake. I took it as Ireland were Australia’s usual punishment 😉

              • Roar Guru

                May 10th 2017 @ 3:02pm
                Fionn said | May 10th 2017 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

                Imagine if we got Scotland, Argentina and Samoa. We would be done for.

              • May 10th 2017 @ 4:54pm
                Bolt1493 said | May 10th 2017 @ 4:54pm | ! Report

                Yes I am Irish when they are playing and Australian when they are playing – Generally cheering for Australia brings more joy, but not in rugby over the last year or so. What happened to that team that came 2nd in the World Cup, the Super results are appalling.

      • Roar Rookie

        May 10th 2017 @ 2:09pm
        Paul D said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

        The real nightmare would be getting both SA and Argentina. Potentially 3 of the 4 semi finalists of 2015 could be in the same group

      • May 10th 2017 @ 2:10pm
        Lachlan Habershon said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

        That’s the consensus is the Argentinian pool will be PoD – won’t be fun for some of the teams in there.

    • May 10th 2017 @ 2:28pm
      Ken Spacey said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

      Don’t you have to see if Australia qualifies first?

    • Roar Guru

      May 10th 2017 @ 2:56pm
      Fionn said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:56pm | ! Report

      I wonder if South Africa, Scotland or Argentina is the worst team for Australia to draw? I guess it has to be Scotland.

    • Roar Guru

      May 10th 2017 @ 3:22pm
      Magnus M. Østergaard said | May 10th 2017 @ 3:22pm | ! Report

      One of the Pacific Island teams will give it a real shake I reckon and get into the QF. Surprise packets will be Australia who play about as well as England at the last WC.

    • May 10th 2017 @ 5:00pm
      davSA said | May 10th 2017 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

      Yes SA has now slipped to an all time low of 7th on the rankings. It is a real possibility that one of the higher ranked sides will draw them and Argentina in the 1st round.

      • May 10th 2017 @ 5:07pm
        Bakkies said | May 10th 2017 @ 5:07pm | ! Report

        NZ and SA in the same pool for the first time would be great.

        • Roar Guru

          May 10th 2017 @ 5:10pm
          Machpants said | May 10th 2017 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

          All blacks would love it, having to shake up last RWC with restrictive tactics and intra-team mid week games. Argy too, for me, and Samoa. No complacency or rust after that pool for the ABs!

    • May 10th 2017 @ 5:11pm
      Michael from nz said | May 10th 2017 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

      I think Georgia will provide a big upset as Japan did in 2015. Looking forward to the draw.

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