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As it happened: 2019 Rugby World Cup draw

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10 May 2017

NOT LONG TO GO, WELL...

2 years, 4 months and 10 days until Rugby World Cup 2019 kicks off!

Be sure to stay glued to www.sport24.co.za every day until then!

10 May 2017

IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN*

Unlikely to happen, but IF the Springboks finish second in Pool B they will play the winners on Pool A (expected to be Ireland).

Should they win that, in the semi-finals they will play the winner of the quarter-final between the Winners of Pool C (expected to be England) and the Runners-up in Pool D (expected to be Wales).

*not likely

10 May 2017

UNCONFIRMED, BUT...

World Rugby haven't confirmed it yet, but IF they keep the same structure as the last RWC, then the Winner of Pool A will play the Runner-up in Pool B

So ... if the Boks lose to NZ and finished second in Pool B, they will play the winner of Pool A in the quarters.

Pool A contains Ireland, Scotland, Japan and two otehrs who will have no say...

10 May 2017

ENGLAND, FRANCE AND ARGENTINA IN GROUP OF DEATH

Poor England have a similiar draw to 2015 when they found themselves in the tournament's Group of Death.

10 May 2017

HORROR DRAW FOR THE SPRINGBOKS!

They will have to beat Italy in all likelihood to qualify, as well as Africa 1 (likely Nambia) and the Repechage winner (no idea who)

10 May 2017

AUSTRALIA IN POOL D

10 May 2017

ENGLAND IN POOL C

10 May 2017

ALL BLACKS DRAWN WITH SPRINGBOKS!!!

10 May 2017

IRELAND IN POOL A

10 May 2017

HERE WE GO!

The Band 1 countries!

10 May 2017

WALES IN POOL D ALONG WITH GEORGIA

10 May 2017

FRANCE IN POOL C ALONG WITH ARGENTINA!

10 May 2017

SPRINGBOKS IN POOL B ALONGSIDE ITALY

We missed Argentina!

10 May 2017

SCOTLAND IN POOL A ALONG WITH JAPAN

10 May 2017

GEORGIA IN POOL D

10 May 2017

ARGENTINA IN POOL C

10 May 2017

ITALY IN POOL B

10 May 2017

NOW THE TEAMS WE DO KNOW...

10 May 2017

POOLS FROM BOTTOM UP

Currently busy with the countries still be be confirmed

10 May 2017

SECOND PICK...

Playoff winner in Pool A in position 5

10 May 2017

FIRST OUT...

Japan have been in Pool A in position 3...

10 May 2017

LEEANDO MAANS WRITES...

Host nations sould be in pot 1 soudnt it... That way they have the advantage the host nations need to increase the popularity in the tournement come knockout stages

10 May 2017

BILL BEAUMONT SPEAKS

World Rugby chairperson Bill Beaumont opens RWC 2019 live draw at Kyoto State Guest House followed by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

10 May 2017

WITH RESEPCT TO HOSTS JAPAN...

With all due respect to the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts Japan, the tournament will basically be played on "neutral" ground for those likely title contenders.

The first time ever...

10 May 2017

COETZEE IN THE HOUSE!

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee spotted in the crowd sitting next to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen...

Omen of things to come?

10 May 2017

GET IN TOUCH!

Let us know your thoughts on the draw by emailing mysport@sport24.co.za

10 May 2017

There is the possibility of hosts Japan being drawn in the same pool as the Boks. Wouldn't that be something? 

10 May 2017

The only sides the Boks CANNOT be drawn against are Scotland, Wales and France ...

10 May 2017

'POOL OF DEATH' COULD AWAIT SPRINGBOKS!

The Springboks could potentially be drawn in the same pool as world champions New Zealand and Argentina.

Argentina, semi-finalists in 2007 and '15, have dropped to ninth place in the world rankings, meaning Los Pumas are among the third-seeded teams for the draw at the State Guest House.

That's the fate that befell the Welsh ahead of the 2015 draw, and they were pitted against host nation England, two-time winners Australia and Fiji in what was regarded at the time as the toughest pool in the 28-year history of the Rugby World Cup.

It could get even tougher on Wednesday!

Argentina will get drawn alongside one of New Zealand, England, Australia and Ireland from the band of first seeds, and one of Scotland, France, South Africa and Wales in the band of second seeds.

It leaves open the possibility that three countries from the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship could be drawn in the same pool, with either New Zealand or Australia potentially in with South Africa and Argentina.

10 May 2017

The Webb Ellis Cup is on display in Kyoto, Japan... (AP)
<strong><em>The Webb Ellis Cup is on display in Kyoto, Japan... (AP)</em></strong><br />

10 May 2017

The 12 directly qualified teams are those that finished in the top three of each RWC 2015 pool and are (in each relevant band):

Band One: New Zealand, England, Australia, Ireland

Band Two: Scotland, Wales, South Africa, France

Band Three: Argentina, Japan, Georgia, Italy

Band Four: Oceania 1, Americas 1, Europe 1, Africa 1

Band Five: Oceania 2, Americas 2, Play-Off Winner (between Europe 2 and Oceania 3), Repechage Winner

10 May 2017

The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will comprise 20 teams allocated into four pools of five teams. The 12 directly qualified teams from the 2015 Rugby World Cup are seeded based on the recent World Rugby rankings and positioned into three bands of four teams.

10 May 2017

***THE 2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP POOL DRAW WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10:00 SA TIME***

10 May 2017

WELCOME!

LIVE updates on the pool draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup from the Japanese city of Kyoto.

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