2019 Rugby Union World Cup Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips

New Zealand perform the Haka prior to winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against Australia (Getty Images).

What is the Rugby Union World Cup?

The International Rugby Union World Cup is a professional tournament that is played every four years between the top international teams in World Rugby. The Rugby World Cup falls under the jurisdiction of World Rugby, the sport’s governing body. 

The winning team receives the prestigious Webb Ellis Cup, named after William Webb Ellis who was an English Anglican clergyman who allegedly invented the sport of rugby football.

The first tournament was played in 1987 and was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia with New Zealand All Blacks emerging victorious. The All Blacks are the current world champions, having claimed the trophy in 2015 with a 34-15 victory over the Wallabies at Twickenham. 

Where is the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup being played?

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the ninth Rugby World Cup and is being held in Japan. It will be the first tournament held in Asia, and the first time consecutive tournaments have been staged in the same hemisphere.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will also be the first tournament to he held outside the traditional rugby union countries such as Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, France, Wales and England. 

When is the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

The 2019 Rugby World Cup starts on 20 September 2019 with host nation Japan taking on Russia at Tokyo Stadium in Chōfu. The 2019 Rugby World Cup Final will be held on 2 November 2019 at International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa. 

What teams will contest the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

There will be teams from 20 different nations taking part in the tournament. The teams taking part come from regions including Africa, North America, Asia, Europe, Oceania and South America.

Qualification method
Previous appearances
AfricaSouth AfricaAutomatic6
AfricaNamibiaAfrica 15
North AmericaUnited StatesAmericas 17
EuropeRussiaEurope 11
OceaniaFijiOceania 17
OceaniaNew ZealandAutomatic8
OceaniaSamoaPlay-off Winner7
OceaniaTongaOceania 27
South AmericaArgentinaAutomatic8
South AmericaUruguayAmericas 23

What are the Pools in the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

The 20 teams contesting the tournament are seeded and split between four pools. The nations in each pool are as follows:

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
IrelandNew ZealandEnglandAustralia
ScotlandSouth AfricaFranceWales
RussiaNamibiaUnited StatesFiji
SamoaRepecharge WinnerTongaUruguay

2019 Rugby Union World Cup Match Schedule

20 September 2019 Japan vs RussiaTokyo Stadium
21 September 2019 New Zealand vs South AfricaInternational Stadium Yokohama
21 September 2019 France vs ArgentinaTokyo Stadium
21 September 2019 Australia vs  FijiSapporo Dome
22 September 2019 Ireland vs ScotlandInternational Stadium Yokohama
22 September 2019 Italy vs NamibiaHanazono Rugby Stadium
22 September 2019 England vs TongaSapporo Dome
23 September 2019 Wales vs GeorgiaCity of Toyota Stadium
24 September 2019 Russia vs SamoaKumagaya Rugby Stadium
25 September 2019 Fiji vs UruguayKamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
26 September 2019 Italy vs Repecharge WinnerFukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
26 September 2019 England vs United StatesKobe Misaki Stadium
28 September 2019 Japan vs IrelandShizuoka Stadium Ecopa
28 September 2019 South Africa vs NamibiaCity of Toyota Stadium
28 September 2019 Argentina vs TongaHanazono Rugby Stadium
29 September 2019 Georgia vs UruguayKumagaya Rugby Stadium
29 September 2019 Australia vs WalesTokyo Stadium
30 September 2019 Scotland vs SamoaKobe Misaki Stadium
2 October 2019 New Zealand vs Repecharge WinnerOita Stadium
2 October 2019 France vs United StatesFukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
3 October 2019 Ireland vs RussiaKobe Misaki Stadium
3 October 2019 Georgia vs FijiHanazono Rugby Stadium
4 October 2019 South Africa vs ItalyShizuoka Stadium Ecopa
5 October 2019 Japan vs SamoaCity of Toyota Stadium
5 October 2019 England vs ArgentinaTokyo Stadium
5 October 2019 Australia vs UruguayOita Stadium
6 October 2019 New Zealand vs NamibiaTokyo Stadium
6 October 2019 France vs TongaKumamoto Stadium
8 October 2019 South Africa vs Repecharge WinnerKobe Misaki Stadium
9 October 2019 Scotland vs RussiaShizuoka Stadium Ecopa
9 October 2019 Argentina vs United StatesKumagaya Rugby Stadium
9 October 2019 Wales vs FijiOita Stadium
11 October 2019 Australia vs GeorgiaShizuoka Stadium Ecopa
12 October 2019 Ireland vs SamoaFukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
12 October 2019 New Zealand vs ItalyCity of Toyota Stadium
12 October 2019 England vs FranceInternational Stadium Yokohama
13 October 2019 Japan vs ScotlandInternational Stadium Yokohama
13 October 2019 Namibia vs Repecharge WinnerKamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
13 October 2019 United States vs TongaHanazono Rugby Stadium
13 October 2019 Wales vs UruguayKumamoto Stadium

19 October 2019 Winner of Pool C vs Runners-up of Pool DOita Stadium
19 October 2019 Winner of Pool B vs Runners-up of Pool ATokyo Stadium
20 October 2019 Winner of Pool D vs Runners-up of Pool COita Stadium
20 October 2019 Winner of Pool A vs Runners-up of Pool BTokyo Stadium

26 October 2019 Winner of Quarterfinal 1 vs Winner of Quarterfinal 2International Stadium Yokohama
27 October 2019 Winner of Quarterfinal 3 vs Winner of Quarterfinal 4International Stadium Yokohama

1 November 2019 Loser of Semifinal 1 vs Loser of Semifinal 2Tokyo Stadium

2 November 2019 Winner of Semifinal 1 vs Winner of Semifinal 2International Stadium Yokohama

What Stadiums will host matches at the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

There are 12 different stadiums that will host matches across Japan, from the Egao Kenko Stadium in the south to the Sapporo Dome in the north.

Tokyo StadiumChōfu49,970
International Stadium YokohamYokohama 72,327
Shizuoka Stadium EcopaFukuroi50,889
Hanazono Rugby StadiumHigashiosaka30,000
Fukuoka Hakatanomori StadiumFukuoka22,563
Sapporo DomeSapporo41,410
City of Toyota StadiumToyota45,000
Oita StadiumOita40,000
Kumamoto StadiumKumamoto32,000
Kobe Misaki StadiumKobe30,132
Kumagaya Rugby StadiumKumagaya24,000
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial StadiumKamaishi16,187

Who has won the most Rugby Union World Cup titles?

New Zealand are the most successful nation in World Rugby having won the World Cup on three occasions. Only four countries have ever won the tournament, Australia and South Africa winning twice and England once. 

New Zealand celebrate with the Webb Ellis Cup after winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium (Getty Images)

Who are the favourites to win the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

New Zealand are the early favourites to win the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup. The All Blacks have won the last two tournaments and boast a formidable side as reflected in the odds. 

Ireland are given a chance by the bookmakers with England next best, followed by South Africa and New Zealand.

What are the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup Betting Odds?

Correct as of 31 October 2018:

New Zealand2.20
South Africa12.00

Fiji, Japan, Georgia, Tonga, Samoa and Italy are all over 500/1 and realistically no chance of winning the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup.

What are your latest 2019 Rugby Union World Cup Betting Tips & Predictions?

It's difficult to go past New Zealand winning the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup to claim ttheir third in a row and fourth trophy.

How can I watch the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

Who were the recent Rugby Union World Cup Hosts, Winners and Runners-up?

New Zealand
2011New ZealandNew Zealand
2007FranceSouth Africa
1995South AfricaSouth Africa
New Zealand
1987Australia & New ZealandNew Zealand

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When and where is the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup?

The 2023 Rugby Union World Cup will be held in France beween September and October 2023.

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