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Who Will Be The Teams to Watch at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan?


Starting on the 20th September with the host nation taking on Russia in the opening game, the 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place across Japan, with a couple of games also taking place in Singapore and Hong Kong over the course of the tournament. 20 of the top teams in the world will be competing to try and wrestle the title of Rugby World Cup Champions from the winner’s of the past two tournaments, New Zealand.

The All Blacks are the favourites to win the trophy once again this autumn, but they face perhaps their sternest test, not just from their own southern hemisphere rivals in South Africa and Australia, but also from the likes of England, Wales and Ireland who are rated by many to have an excellent chance of winning the trophy themselves.

With the United States team qualifying for this event, it will be interesting to see how well they do in a tough group alongside France, England and Argentina to name but three. If you fancy backing the US team and are based in Pennsylvania then a good option to bet with is PlaySugarHouse.com. If you are not yet a member, check out the latest playsugarhouse bonus code information in the link for all you need to join up.

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Rugby World Cup 2019

Pool A

  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • Samoa

Pool A Fixtures

  • 20th Sept – Japan v Russia (Tokyo)
  • 22nd Sept – Ireland v Scotland (Yokohama)
  • 24th Sept – Russia v Samoa (Kumagaya)
  • 28th Sept – Japan v Ireland (Shizuoka)
  • 30th Sept – Scotland v Samoa (Kobe)
  • 3rd Oct – Ireland v Russia (Kobe)
  • 5th Oct – Japan v Samoa (Toyota)
  • 9th Oct – Scotland v Russia (Shizuoka)
  • 12th Oct – Ireland v Samoa (Fukuoka)
  • 13th Oct – Japan v Scotland (Yokohama)

To Win the Pool Betting – Pool A

  • Ireland – 1/4
  • Scotland – 10/3
  • Japan – 16/1
  • Samoa – 250/1
  • Russia – 500/1

Who to watch in Pool A?

The interesting thing in this group will be seeing how the host nation Japan performs. After an incredible win over South Africa in the last World Cup, the Japanese are now on home soil and will be looking to at least perform admirably in what is going to be an interesting group.

I think Ireland are the strongest team in this group by far but the Scotland v Japan game could be interesting if the Scots fail to reach their high standards. I don’t think the Japanese team will win it through but they could push the Scots close for that second place spot behind the Irish.  I’d back Samoa to finish fourth and Russia last in what will be a tough group for them.

Pool B

  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Italy
  • Namibia
  • Canada

Pool B Fixtures

  • 21st Sept – New Zealand v South Africa (Yokohama)
  • 22nd Sept – Italy v Namibia (Higashiosaka)
  • 26th Sept – Italy v Canada (Fukuoka)
  • 28th Sept – South Africa v Namibia (Toyota)
  • 2nd Oct – New Zealand v Canada (Oita)
  • 4th Oct – South Africa v Italy (Fukuroi)
  • 6th Oct – New Zealand v Namibia (Chofu)
  • 8th Oct – South Africa v Canada (Kobe)
  • 12th Oct – New Zealand v Italy (Toyota)
  • 13th Oct – Namibia v Canada (Kamaishi)

To Win The Pool Betting – Pool B

  • New Zealand – 1/3
  • South Africa – 23/10
  • Italy – 200/1
  • Canada – 500/1
  • Namibia – 1000/1

Who to watch in Pool B?

I can’t see Pool B being anything other than a battle between South Africa and New Zealand for the top spot in the group as I can see both teams beating the other three teams in the group very comfortably. As such, that opening game in Yokohama may well decide which of the two comes top of the group, and for what it is worth, I think the All Blacks will be that team.

Italy should finish third behind South Africa with Canada likely fourth and Namibia fifth in what should be one of the more straightforward groups of the tournament.

Pool C

  • England
  • France
  • Argentina
  • United States
  • Tonga

Pool C Fixtures

  • 21st Sept – France v Argentina (Chofu)
  • 22nd Sept – England v Tonga (Sapporo)
  • 26th Sept – England v USA (Kobe)
  • 28th Sept – Argentina v Tonga (Higashiosaka)
  • 2nd Oct – France v USA (Fukuoka)
  • 5th Oct – England v Argentina (Chofu)
  • 6th Oct – France v Tonga (Kumamoto)
  • 9th Oct – Argentina v USA (Kumagaya)
  • 12th Oct – England v France (Yokohama)
  • 13th Oct – United States v Tonga (Higashosaka)

To Win The Pool Betting – Pool C

  • England – 4/11
  • France – 9/2
  • Argentina – 5/1
  • Tonga – 350/1
  • USA – 500/1

Who to watch in Pool C?

This could be the tightest of all four groups as although England are the big favourites to win the group, and I think they will do just that, there is going to be a mighty battle between the English, French and Argentinean teams for the two qualifying spots in the next phase of the tournament.

As I have said, I do see England winning the group but I think it will be hard fought narrow wins over France and Argentina that see them through and as such, the winner of that opening clash between France and Argentina may well be the team to join England in the next phase.

So while I am backing England to win the group, I do fancy the Argentinean team to give France a real run for their money in this opener and perhaps surprise them with a win to earn a place in the next phase with France third, Tonga fourth and the United States fifth.

Pool D

  • Australia
  • Wales
  • Georgia
  • Fiji
  • Uruguay

Pool D Fixtures

  • 21st Sept – Australia v Fiji (Sapporo)
  • 23rd Sept – Wales v Georgia (Toyota)
  • 25th Sept – Fiji v Uruguay (Kamaishi)
  • 29th Sept – Georgia v Uruguay (Kumagaya)
  • 29th Sept – Australia v Wales (Chofu)
  • 3rd Oct – Georgia v Fiji (Higashiosaka)
  • 5th Oct – Australia v Uruguay (Oita)
  • 9th Oct – Wales v Fiji (Oita)
  • 11th Oct – Australia v Georgia (Fukuroi)
  • 13th Oct – Wales v Uruguay (Kumamoto)

To Win The Pool Betting – Pool D

  • Wales – 8/11
  • Australia – 11/10
  • Fiji – 40/1
  • Georgia – 250/1
  • Uruguay – 500/1

Who to watch in Pool D?

Fiji and Georgia are two emerging nations and it should be an interesting battle between those two teams for third spot in the group, but the two qualifying places should go to Australia and Wales. These two teams look well-matched and the game between them in Chofu, should be an absolute cracker and will go a long way towards deciding who tops the group, as I can see both teams winning all of their other three games.

I fancy Australia to just pip the Welsh to victory on this occasion and as such my team to watch here is Australia as I fancy them to top the group ahead of Wales, with Fiji third, Georgia fourth and Uruguay propping up the table.