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The 2019 Rugby World Cup teams are beginning to take shape as we close in on the tournament start, which is scheduled for Friday, September 20 in Japan. We’ll have each country’s official squad published right here as soon as they’re announced.
The tournament is divided into four Pools of five teams, with the top two teams from each qualifying for the quarter-finals.
Originally, Romania had booked their place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. However, it was later revealed they fielded ineligible players in their qualification games and have been replaced by Russia.
Here are all the qualified teams, with all the full squads and news to be covered in the lead-up to the tournament. There has been no squad deadline announced at this stage.
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Argentina | Australia | Canada | | England | Fiji | France | Georgia | Ireland | Italy | Japan | Namibia | New Zealand | Russia | Samoa | Scotland | South Africa | Tonga | Uruguay | USA | Wales
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named a 44-man training squad in preparation for the World Cup, taking the extended lineup into their four warm-up matches in late August and early September with players to be cut closer to the date.
The Munster pair of Mike Haley and Jean Kleyn are the only two uncapped players to make the team, looking to land a debut Test cap during the warm-ups against Italy, England and the two-Test series against Wales to try and impress for a World Cup berth.
25-year-old Dan Leavy has agains missed the Irish squad after his nasty knee injury during Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster ruled him out of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign earlier in the year.
Another notable injury absantee is veteran Sean O’Brien, who has been ruled out with a hip injury.
Ulster back Will Addison wasn’t named as a part of the 44 after back surgery, but is expected to join the team in time for the Cup.
Despite New Zealand-born Jamison Gibson-Park finally becoming eligible to play for Ireland as of June, he’s been left out of the squad with Schmidt pushing an already four-man strong halfback setup of Conor Murray, Kieran Marmion, Luke McGrath and John Cooney.
Ireland Training Squad
Finlay Bealham, Rory Best, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Seán Cronin, Ultan Dillane, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Dave Kilcoyne, Jean Kleyn*, Jack McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Tommy O’Donnell, Peter O’Mahony, Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Devin Toner, Josh van der Flier
Bundee Aki, Ross Byrne, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Andrew Conway, John Cooney, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Mike Haley*, Robbie Henshaw, Dave Kearney, Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Kieran Marmion, Luke McGrath, Conor Murray, Garry Ringrose, Rory Scannell, Jonathan Sexton, Jacob Stockdale
Veteran skipper Michael Leitch will again lead the Cherry Blossoms into his third World Cup campaign and second as captain.
Another stalwart of Japanese rugby, 38-year-old Luke Thompson, has also been named in the squad. If he makes the final cut for the World Cup 31-man squad, he will be in line to make his fourth Cup appearance, one shy of the all-time record.
Controversial former Melbourne Rebels and Sunwolves player Amanaki Mafi has been named despite a tumultuous 12 months off the pitch for the 22-Test cap player.
Of the 42 players named, 12 appeared in the 2015 World Cup as coach Jamie Joseph looks to push the new generation of Japanese talent off the back of the Sunwolves participation in Super Rugby and development of the game in the host nation.
Japan will first play three Tests in the Pacific Nations Cup, looking to break Fiji’s streak of four titles in a row.
Japan Pacific Nations Cup Squad
Keita Inagaki, Yusuke Kizu, Jiwon Koo, Isileli Nakajima, Masataka Mikami, Hiroshi Yamashita, Koki Yamamoto, Asaeli Ai Valu, Takuya Kitade, Atsushi Sakate, Shota Horie, Kosuke Horikoshi, Samuel Anise, Luke Thompson, Grant Hattingh, Wimpie van der Walt, Uwe Helu, James Moore, Hendrik Tui, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Shunsuke Nunomaki, Michael Leitch (c), Pieter Labuschagne, Kazuki Himeno, Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, Amanaki Lelei Mafi, Kaito Shigeno, Fumiaki Tanaka, Yutaka Nagare, Yu Tamura, Rikiya Matsuda, Kenki Fukuoka, Ataata Moeakiola, Lomano Lava Lemeki, Yusuke Kajimura, William Tupou, Ryoto Nakamura, Timothy Lafaele, Kotaro Matsushima, Jamie Henry, Ryuji Noguchi, Ryohei Yamanaka.
Coach Lyn Jones is yet to officially announce a squad for the Cup, but it’s expected the Welshman will take much of the same 32-man squad used for the Rugby Europe Championship in February for the World Cup.
That includes three of the four most capped players in Russian rugby history Yuri Kushnarev, Andrei Garbuzov and Vasily Artemyev.
Russia will make just their second appearance at the Rugby World Cup after a winless debut campaign in 2011.
They were gifted a European qualifying spot for the tournament in bizarre circumstances, after Spain, Romania and Belgium were all disqualified for using ineligible players at the qualification stages, giving Russia the final spot in the Europe block.
Russia Training Squad
It’s the inclusion of eight uncapped players that has tails wagging in what is being heralded as a new era for the Pacific Nation on the international stage, one that Jackson is hoping to fuel with the injection of new young talent and an emphasis on the domestic Super 9 comeptition.
The squad is headlined by former Hurricane and Bristol flanker Jack Lam who is expected to be captain in the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup games against Tonga, the USA and Fiji.
Samoa Pacific Nations Cup Squad
Elia Elia, Seilala Lam, Motu Matu’u, Ray Niuia, Paul Alo-Emile, James Lay, Jordan Lay, Logovi’i Mulipola, Alofaaga Sao*, Hisa Sasagi, Kane Le’aupepe, Filo Paulo, Senio Toleafoa*, Chris Vui, Afa Amosa*, Piula Fa’asalele, Jack Lam, Faifili Levave, Tofatuimoana Solia*, Henry Stowers*.
Pele Cowley, Auvusa Faleali’i, Dwayne Polotaivao, AJ Alatimu, UJ Seuteni*, Kieron Fonotia, Ray Lee-Lo, Alapati Leilua, Henry Taefu, JJ Taulagi, Ashee Tuala, Belgium Tuatagaloa*, Johnny Vaili*
As well as naming three uncapped players, Townsend has also retained 14 players from the Scottish lineup that made the 2015 quarter-finals, among those is Blade Thomson who is still searching for his first Test cap after being ruled out of Scotland’s 2018 Autumn Tests and 2019 Six Nations with concussion issues.
Veteran John Barclay is the only man with more than one World Cup to his name in the squad as the 32-year-old looks to enter his third Cup appearance.
Scotland will play four warm-up Tests leading into the World Cup with a pair of two-Test series against France and Georgia.
Scotland Training Squad
John Barclay, Simon Berghan, Jamie Bhatti, Magnus Bradbury, Fraser Brown, Allan Dell, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Grant Gilchrist, Gary Graham, Jonny Gray, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, Gordon Reid, Jamie Ritchie, Sam Skinner, Grant Stewart*, Josh Strauss, Blade Thomson*, Ben Toolis, George Turner, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson
Darcy Graham, Nick Grigg, Chris Harris, Adam Hastings, Stuart Hogg, George Horne, Pete Horne, Rory Hutchinson*, Huw Jones, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Maitland, Byron McGuigan, Ali Price, Henry Pyrgos, Finn Russell, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor
Coach Kingsley Jones led his side through the qualifiers, finally booking their spot in Japan as the 20th and final team to do so.
He’s expected to stick with most of the same squad used for the Americas Rugby Championship in February.
Captain Sergio Parisse is set to line up in his record-equalling fifth World Cup, joining fellow Italian Mauro Bergamasco and original record-holder Brian Lima on the mark of longevity.
Hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini and back-rower Alessandro Zanni also knock off milestones with their inclusion in the squad, taking part in their fourth World Cups.
Other than that, there are only seven other players among the 44 named to have played in a World Cup with O’Shea also handing selections to three uncapped players.
Tito Tebaldi will finally make his first Cup appearance having debuted a decade ago but missing out on both the 2011 and 2015 campaigns, looking to make his mark at scrumhalf.
The Italian squad will first get their opportunity to impress across four warm-up tests against Ireland, Russia, France and England.
Italy Training Squad
Simone Ferrari, Andrea Lovotti, Tiziano Pasquali, Nicola Quaglio, Marco Riccioni*, Cherif Traore, Federico Zani, Giosuè Zilocchi, Luca Bigi, Oliviero Fabiani, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Engjel Makelara*, Dean Budd, Marco Fuser, Federico Ruzza, David Sisi, Alessandro Zanni, Renato Giammarioli, Marco Lazzaroni, Giovanni Licata, Maxime Mbanda, Sebastian Negri, Sergio Parisse, Jake Polledri, Abraham Steyn, Jimmy Tuivaiti
Callum Braley*, Guglielmo Palazzani, Tito Tebaldi, Marcello Violi, Tommaso Allan, Carlo Canna, Ian Mckinley, Tommaso Benvenuti, Michele Campagnaro, Tommaso Castello, Luca Morisi, Marco Zanon, Mattia Bellini, Giulio Bisegni, Angelo Esposito, Jayden Hayward, Matteo Minozzi, Edoardo Padovani
Namibia’s sixth straight appearance at the Rugby World Cup will be headlined by scrum-half Eugene Jantjies making his fourth appearance, having been named in the nation’s 50-man preliminary squad.
In a sign of the experience being brought into the 2019 edition, Jantjies is one of five players to have made an appearance as far back as the 2011 Cup.
Darryl de la Harpe, Chrysander Botha, PJ van Lill and Rohan Kitshoff are the other four, with another 13 having made played in 2015 in a squad with plenty of World Cup experience.
Coach Phil Davies will cut the squad as the tournament draws closer.
Namibia is yet to win a game at the World Cup but will be hopeful of picking up a victory being in the same Pool as the similarly-ranked Canadians.
Namibia Preliminary Squad
Graham April, Jason Benade, Adriaan Booysen, Renaldo Bothma, Reinhardt Carelse, Aranos Coetzee, Wian Conradie, AJ De Klerk, Thomasau Forbes, Prince Gaoseb, Max Katjijeko, Simon Kanime, Rohan Kitshoff, Adriaan Ludick, Ruan Ludick, Obert Nortje, Andre Rademeyer, Johan Retief, Desiderius Sethie, Nelius Theron, Mahepisa Tjeriko, Tjiuee Uanivi, Louis van der Westhuizen, Torsten van Jaarsveld, PJ van Lill, Niël van Vuuren, Janco Venter, Casper Viviers.
Chrysander Botha, Darryl de la Harpe, Johan Deysel, Janry Du Toit, JC Greyling, Dumarcho Hartung, Eugene Jantjies, Helarius Kisting, Leslie Klim, Cliven Loubser, Oderich Mouton, Justin Newman, Jay-C Olivier, Chad Plato, Macho Prinsloo, PW Steenkamp, Damian Stevens, Johan Tromp, Russel van Wyk, PJ Walters, Gino Wilson, JC Winkler
The two-time defending champions will be looking to make it three on the trot with a lineup of experience and younger talent rewarded for strong form throughout the Super Rugby season.
Luke Jacobson, Josh Ioane, Braydon Ennor and Sevu Reece are the four uncapped players in the squad, all hoping to leave their first mark on the international stage.
Damian McKenzie, Ryan Crotty, Scott Barrett and Tim Perry have all missed out on the squad through injury, with hopes of recovering in time for the Cup itself in September.
Liam Squires has also missed out through his own omission after a tough 12 months off the field.
Luke Whitelock, Ma’a Nonu, Akira Ioane, David Havili are all notable exceptions from the squad with Hansen having a mountain of options in most positions to chose from.
New Zealand Rugby Championship Squad
Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, Liam Coltman, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Atu Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Samuel Whitelock, Jackson Hemopo, Sam Cane, Vaea Fifita, Shannon Frizell, Luke Jacobson*, Dalton Papalii, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Matt Todd
TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Brad Weber, Beauden Barrett, Josh Ioane*, Richie Mo’unga, Jack Goodhue, Ngani Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Braydon Ennor*, Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Rieko Ioane, Sevu Reece*, Ben Smith
Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has named a 39-man training squad that he will use for the upcoming Rugby Championship, using this lineup to select the final 31-man World Cup squad, stating already that “about 80% of the squad is pretty much settled.”
Captain Siya Kolisi has been named despite a knee injury that has kept him out of action since May. He’s expected to be given a light workload, missing the first couple of Rugby Championship games, leading into the World Cup so he can be ready for the tournament.
This has left the question of captaincy up in the air for the Springboks, with Erasmus almost certainly forced to play around with the leadership position in the months leading into Japan.
Curwin Bosch and Marco van Staden are two of the more notable omissions from the training squad, with their respective World Cup campaigns looking to be over before they could even begin.
South Africa Training Squad
Schalk Brits, Marcell Coetzee, Lood de Jager, Thomas du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Rynardt Elstadt, Eben Etzebeth, Lizo Gqoboka, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Tendai Mtawarira, Franco Mostert, Trevor Nyakane, Marvin Orie, Kwagga Smith, RG Snyman, Duane Vermeulen
Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Andre Esterhuizen, Faf de Klerk, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Warrick Gelant, Elton Jantjies, Herschel Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe, Jesse Kriel, Dillyn Lleyds, Makazole Mapimpi, Sibusiso Nkosi, Willie le Roux, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Frans Steyn
Argentina will take a 46-man preliminary squad into their World Cup preparations, with coach Mario Ledesma naming the extended lineup to be tested in the Rugby Championship, before being cut down to 31 players for the Cup itself.
The Pumas up-and-down stance on including club players from outside Argentina has meant that only five players from outside the country have been included in the large squad as Ledesma looks to keep things as local as possible, covering each position from within the Argentine system before looking overseas.
Veteran Nicolás Sánchez is among those five players, alongside fellow Stade Francais teammate Ramiro Herrera, two more from French rugby and one other playing in England.
Two notable victims of the system in place is the Pumas all-time World Cup leading try-scorer Juan Imhoff, currently plying his trade for Racing 92 in France, as well as Exter young gun Santiago Cordero who was named in the English Premiership team of the tournament last season.
Argentina World Cup Squad
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Mayco Vivas, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Javier Diaz, Santiago García Botta, Agustín Creevy, Julián Montoya, Santiago Socino, Juan Figallo, Ramiro Herrera, Santiago Medrano, Enrique Pieretto, Lucio Sordoni, Guido Petti, Tomás Lavanini (pictured), Matías Alemanno, Lucas Paulos, Pablo Matera, Tomás Lezana, Javier Ortega Desio, Marcos Kremer, Rodrigo Bruni, Juan Manuel Leguizamón.
Tomás Cubelli, Gonzalo Bertranou, Martín Landajo, Felipe Ezcurra, Nicolás Sanchez, Benjamin Urdapilleta, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Domingo Miotti, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Matías Orlando, Matías Moroni, Lucas Mensa, Juan Cruz Mallía, Bautista Ezcurra, Ramiro Moyano, Bautista Delguy, Sebastián Cancelliere, Emiliano Boffelli, Joaquín Tuculet, Manuel Montero, Santiago Carreras
George Kruis, Jack Nowell and Mako Vunipola have been brought into the training camp despite not being named as players on the injury list that are still firmly in the sights of Jones, who will shrink the squad to 31 for the World Cup.
Nine players from The Premiership grand final have been named in what was a strong season for players from both Exeter and Saracens.
One of the more interesting additions to any of the World Cup squads so far is that of Joe Marler, who had announced his retirement from international rugby last year after 59 Tests in the white jumper. Despite that, he’s been named for the squad having made himself available once again.
There are four uncapped players in the squad with two in the forwards and two in the backs, including former Sevens player Ruaridh McConnochie.
With Jones seemingly already sorted for the majority of his squad, stating he they “have a pretty good idea of at least probably 28 of the players,” the fight will be on during their four warm-up Tests against Ireland, Italy and two Tests against Wales.
England Training Squad
Dan Cole, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam*, Joe Marler, Ben Moon, Brad Shields, Kyle Sinckler, Jack Singleton*, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson, George Kruis, Mako Vunipola
Danny Cipriani, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Piers Francis, Willi Heinz*, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Ruaridh McConnochie*, Ben Spencer, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs, Jack Nowell
Former captain Mathieu Bastareaud has been left out of the squad, with his hopes of another World Cup appearance in his career now looking bleak. Another player with more than a decade of experience for Les Bleus and on the receiving end of their 2015 quarter-final loss to the All Blacks, Morgan Parra, has been left out of the lineup, with the 71-Test halfback still recovering from an ankle injury.
Coach Jacqyes Brunel has included three uncapped players in the squad, including front-rowers Peato Mauvaka and Emerick Setiano, as well as winger Alivereti Raka.
Toulouse winger Sofiane Guitoune has been recalled to the French set up, hoping to play his first Test in four years after a stellar outing for the centre in a championship-winning season.
France World Cup Squad
Jefferson Poirot, Dany Priso, Guilhem Guirado, Camille Chat, Peato Mauvaka*, Emerick Setiano*, Rabah Slimani, Demba Bamba, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Felix Lambey, Bernard Le Roux, Paul Gabrillagues, Arthur Iturria, Yacouba Camara, Wenceslas Lauret, Gregory Alldritt, Louis Picamoles, Etienne Falgoux, Charles Ollivon, Francois Cros, Paul Willemse
Antoine Dupont, Baptiste Serin, Maxime Machenaud, Romain Ntamack, Camille Lopez, Wesley Fofana, Gael Fickou, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Sofiane Guitoune, Yoann Huget, Damien Penaud, Alivereti Raka*, Thomas Ramos, Maxime Medard, Anthony Belleau, Vincent Rattez
Nasi Manu, a veteran of New Zealand rugby before going overseas, has been named to make his inspirational return to the international stage, having missed the entire Pro14 season while battling testicular cancer.
The Super Rugby title-winning captain is expected to take a spot in the run-on side come September, playing his first Test since last June against Fiji.
Departing Hurricanes lock Sam Lousi is one of four uncapped players named in the squad, joining Toma Taufa, Otumaka Mausia and James Faiva as potential debutants for the Tongans.
Sixteen players in the squad are coming from French and English rugby, with just a single player, the aforementioned Lousi, coming into the squad from Super Rugby.
Tonga Pacific Nations Cup Squad
Paea Fa’anunu, Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Toma Taufa*, Paul Ngauamo, Elvis Taione, Sefo Sakalia, Ma’afu Fia, Siua Halanukonuka, Ben Tameifuna, Leva Fifita, Onehunga Havili, Sam Lousi*, Steve Mafi, Zane Kapeli, Fotu Lokotui, Nasi Manu, Sione Vailanu, Ma’ama Vaipulu.
Sami Fisilau, Leon Fukofuka, Tane Takulua, James Faiva*, Latiume Fosita, Otumaka Mausia*, Siale Piutau, Nafi Tuitavake, Viliami Lolohea, Afa Pakalani, Cooper Vuna, Tevita Halaifonua, Fetuli Paea
The remaining ten will rejoin the group after the tournament in preparation for the World Cup.
All three uncapped players selected by coach Gary Gold are in the forwards. Two of those three, Ross Deacon and Riekert Hattingh, have been left out of the Pac Nations Cup squad but will be hoping to make their Test debut on the larger stage of the World Cup.
Three members of the USA’s Sevens side that recently finished second in the World Sevens Series have been included in the squad, as well as three players looking to take part in their third World Cup; Mike Petri, Thretton Palamo and Lou Stanfill.
USA Training Squad
David Ainu’u, Eric Fry, Olive Kilifi, Titi Lamositele, Paul Mullen, Paddy Ryan, Chance Wenglewski, Dylan Fawsitt, Mike Sosene-Feagai, James Hilterbrand, Kapeli Pifeleti, Joe Taufete’e, Nate Brakeley, Nick Civetta, Ben Landry, Samu Manoa, Greg Peterson, Malon Al-Jiboori, Cam Dolan, Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz*, Hanco Germishuys, Tony Lamborn, Ben Pinkelman, John Quill, Psalm Wooching, Dino Waldren, Siaosi Mahoni, Louis Stanfill, Ross Deacon*, Riekert Hattingh*, David Tameilau
Nate Augspurger, Shaun Davies, Ruben de Haas, AJ MacGinty, Will Magie, Bryce Campbell, Martin Iosefo, Paul Lasike, Thretton Palamo, Marcel Brache, Will Hooley, Madison Hughes, Gannon Moore, Blaine Scully, Mike Te’o, Mike Petri, Ben Cima, Ryan Matyas, Tim Maupin