2019 will see the first ever Rugby World Cup take place in Asia, with Japan hosting the rugby world. This bold new step for the ninth playing of the Rugby World Cup is the first time the tournament has been staged outwith a Tier 1 nation.
The opening match will take place on the the 20th September 2019 between hosts Japan and Russia at the Tokyo Stadium,Chōfu
20 teams have qualified for the four different pools.
POOL A – Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa
POOL B – New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Repechage Winner
POOL C – England, France, Argentina, United States, Tonga
POOl D – Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay,
The teams finishing in the top two of each pool will advance to the quarter-finals, before semi-finals and the final on the 2nd of November 2019 at the International Stadium Yokohama.
First XV Rugbystuff.com will stock official RWC 2019 branded merchandise, replica rugby shirts, rugby balls, training kit and leisurewear from the competing nations, as New Zealand look to pick up the Webb Ellis Cup for the third time in a row.