The Rugby World Cup 2019 is just a few days ahead, and many fans around the world specifically in participating countries are looking into it. Are you also among those fans? While we are also counting on the dawn of 20th September, we are also holding onto the expectation that our preferred will excel in this tournament.
While our favorite teams will have to play and compete with the other 20 teams that have placed into five different pools, winning the trophy is no expectation of every participant. However, what is important is to see our preferred teams succeed in each pool of five teams and advance to the next knockout stage.
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While this is usually hard to achieve step, as we have seen the previous eight editions of this tournament, we expect imaginable things to happen. Among the things is to see the least preferred team go home with the trophy. We also expect to see the magnificent display of talents across the 12 stadia and which will be our source of entertainment.
For us, we take the little time that we have to go through all the teams that have qualified to this tournament briefly.
Without squandering of any further minute, let us directly dive into it.
We open our piece of content by looking at team Ireland. World Rugby has ranked Ireland as the third-best team in this sport. So, this implies that it is one of the favorite team and it ought not to be a miracle if they lift the trophy.
Team Ireland has been placed in pool A and this will have to play their pool matches against Russia, Scotland, and Samoa. What is eye-raising here is that they are also in the pool with Japan, the host team.
Joe Schmidt will be the coach behind the success of the team Ireland Rugby World Cup. Though, he has confirmed that he will have to hang up his coaching skills after the end of this tournament.
Team Squad:Tadhg Furlong (Prop), Andrew Porter (Prop)Cian Healy (Prop), Dave Kilcoyne (Prop), John Ryan (Prop), Tadhg Beirne (Prop), Dan Leavy (Prop), Rory Best [C] (Hooker), Sean Cronin (Hooker), Niall Scannell (Hooker), Iain Henderson (Lock), James Ryan (Lock), Devin Toner (Lock), Johnny Sexton (Fly-half), Joey Carbery (Fly-half), Jack Carty (Fly-half), Garry Ringrose (Centre), Bundee Aki (Centre), Will Addison (Centre), Robbie Henshaw (Centre), CJ Stander (Back Row), Josh Van Der Flier (Back Row), Peter O’Mahony (Back Row), Sean O’Brien (Back Row), Conor Murray (Scrum-half), Kieran Marmion (Scrum-half), John Cooney (Scrum-half), Jacob Stockdale (Wing), Keith Earls (Wing), Jordan Larmour (Fullback), Rob Kearney (Fullback),
Moving in the same way, Scotland is another team that has qualified to play in this tournament. While the team has been ranked at position seven on the world rugby ranking, they also bear some threat to other teams in the tournament.
They have been placed in pool A and they will have to meet Russia, Ireland, Japan, and Samoa in their pool matches.
The team also has some amazing talents in extraordinary individuals like Stuart Hogg who play upfront with Fin Russell. In the backline, the team is also packed with excellent talent from young and energetic guys like Grieg Laidlaw. The compilation can for sure control the game and win points.
Team Squad: Fraser Brown (Hooker), Grant Stewart (Hooker), Stuart McInally (Hooker), Simon Berghan (Prop), Allan Dell (Prop), Zander Fagerson (Prop), WP Nel (Prop), Gordon Reid (Prop), Jamie Bhatti (Prop), Grant Gilchrist (Lock), Sam Skinner (Lock), Ben Toolis (Lock), Jonny Gray (Lock), Magnus Bradbury (Back row), Gary Graham (Back row), Jamie Ritchie (Back row), Josh Strauss (Back row), Hamish Watson (Back row), Matt Fagerson (Back row), Ali Price (Scrum-half), Henry Pyrgos (Scrum-half), Greig Laidlaw (Scrum-half), Adam Hastings (Fly-half), Finn Russell (Fly-half), Nick Grigg (Centre), Peter Horne (Centre), Sam Johnson (Centre), Chris Harris (Centre), Stafford McDowall (Centre), Sean Maitland (Wing), Dougie Fife (Wing), Byron McGuigan (Wing), Kyle Steyn (Wing), Darcy Graham (Wing), Rory Hughes (Wing), Ruaridh Jackson (Fullback),
Japan rugby team nicknamed as the cherry blossoms is traditionally one of the best teams across Asia. While they are the host team, they also bear a threat in this tournament.
They are ranked 11th by the world rugby ranking. This comes after a good record it has over its fellow Asian rugby teams and to other teams across the world. The Japan rugby union, established in 1926, manages the team.
The team has been participating in a variety of tournaments such as the Asian rugby cup and the Pacific Nations Cup. While they are also a threat to the Rugby World Cup, they are known to be the dominant team in these two tournaments.
Team Squad: Yusuke Niwa (Hooker), Atsushi Sakate (Hooker), Kosuke Horikoshi (Hooker), Koo Ji-won (Prop), Masataka Mikami (Prop), Asaeli Ai Valu (Prop), Takuma Asahara (Prop), Keita Inagaki (Prop), Hiroshi Yamashita (Prop), Koki Yamamoto (Prop), Isileli Nakajima (Lock), Wimpie van der Walt (Lock), Samuela Anise (Lock), Uwe Helu (Lock), Shunsuke Nunomaki (Loose forward), Yoshitaka Tokunaga (Loose forward), Hendrik Tui (Loose forward), Kazuki Himeno (Loose forward), Michael Leitch [c] (Loose forward), Masakatsu Nishikawa (Loose forward), Fumiaki Tanaka (Scrum-half), Yutaka Nagare (Scrum-half), Kaito Shigeno (Scrum-half), Yu Tamura (Fly-half), Rikiya Matsuda (Fly-half), Ryoto Nakamura (Centre), Will Tupou (Centre), Yusuke Kajimura (Centre), Timothy Lafaele (Centre), Ryohei Yamanaka (Centre), Kai Ishii (Wing), Lomano Lemeki (Wing), Akihito Yamada (Wing), Kenki Fukuoka (Wing), Jamie Henry (Wing), Kotaro Matsushima (Fullback), Ryuji Noguchi (Fullback), Amanaki Lotoahe (Fullback)
Nicknamed the bear, the Russia national rugby team that is ranked as at 20th position by on the world rugby ranking has been placed in pool A alongside japan the host team.
Apart from qualifying and participating in the Rugby World Cup, they are a regular participant in the Nations Cup and European Nations Cup.
Back in 2007, the team failed to qualify for the world cup that took place in France.
Team Squad: Evgeny Matveev (Hooker), Stanislav Selskii (Hooker), Sergey Chernyshev (Hooker), Innokenty Zykov (Prop), Sergey Sekisov (Prop), Andrey Polivalov (Prop), Vladimir Podrezov (Prop), Azamat Bitiev (Prop), Valery Morozov (Prop), Evgeny Mishechkin (Prop), Alexei Skobiola (Prop), Andrey Garbuzov (Lock), Andrei Ostrikov (Lock), Evgeny Elgin (Lock), Bogdan Fedotko (Lock), Alexander Ilin (Lock), Tagir Gadzhiev (Flanker), Anton Sychev (Flanker), Vitaly Zhivatov (Flanker), Nikita Vavilin (Number 8), Roman Khodin (Number 8), Vasily Dorofeev (Scrum-half), Dmitry Perov (Scrum-half), Yuri Kushnarev (Fly-half), Ramil Gaisin (Fly-half), Sergey Yanyushkin (Fly-half), German Godlyuk (Fly-half), Dmitry Gerasimov (Centre), Vladimir Ostroushko (Centre), German Davydov (Centre), Kirill Golosnitsky (Centre), Mikhail Babaev (Wing), Denis Simplikevich (Wing), Vladislav Sozonov (Wing), Viktor Kononov (Wing), Vasily Artemyev (Fullback)
Placed in Pool A, the Samoa rugby team will have to play against the host team. They are ranked as the 17th best rugby team by the world rugby ranking. While they represent, a country known to have the least population, they are still a team to watch when in the field.
They are governed by Samoa rugby union and have been participating in a number of tournaments apart from the world cup. Though they have been pooled along with the wealthiest countries of the world, it has nothing to do when it comes to sporting.
And beyond any expectation, they can still make it to the next round.
Team Squad: Motu Matu’u (Hooker), Raymond Niuia (Hooker), Manu Leiataua (Hooker), Logovi’i Mulipola (Prop), Jordan Lay (Prop), James Lay (Prop), Donald Brighouse (Prop), Hisa Sasagi (Prop), Paul Alo-Emile (Prop), Kane Leaupepe (Lock), Ben Nee-Nee (Lock), Josh Tyrell (Lock), Brandon Nansen (Lock), Filo Paulo (Lock), Faifili Levave (Flanker), Piula Fa?asalele (Flanker), Jack Lam (Flanker), TJ Ioane (Flanker), Iakopo Petelo-Mapu (Flanker), Ofisa Treviranus (Number 8), Melani Matavao (Half-back), Dwayne Polotaivao (Half-back), Pele Cowley (Half-back), Tusi Pisi (First five-eighth), D’angelo Leuila (First five-eighth), Stacey Ili (Centre), Rey Lee-Lo (Centre), Henry Taefu (Centre), Alapati Leiua (Wing), Ed Fidow (Wing), Tim Nanai-Williams (Wing), Jamie-Jerry Taulagi (Fullback), Ahsee Tuala (Fullback)
This is the team, which is almost a favorite of every fan that will be in this tournament. This has also been confirmed by the first position they hold on the World rugby ranking and this implies that they are indeed the best team.
This can also be sorry to teams such as Italy, South Africa, and Namibia who been placed in the same group.
None should be under expecting the all blacks team to shine in this tournament. There is no doubt, as they are the defending champion. So, they carry the top hopes of retaining the trophy. Though it will be, a challenge as the other teams will come prepared to challenge. And in their pool, South Africa is likely what could follow them to the next knockout stage.
The team bears top talent from Ben Smith and Beauden who ensure that the backline is protected. While at the upfront, the team receives excellent performance of the Retallick and Kieran Read who are outstanding when it comes to tries scoring.
Team Squad: Nathan Harris (Hooker), Codie Taylor (Hooker), Dane Coles (Hooker), Nepo Laulala (Prop), Joe Moody (Prop), Karl Tu’inukuafe (Prop), Owen Franks (Prop),
Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Prop), Brodie Retallick (Lock), Patrick Tuipulotu (Lock), Sam Whitelock (Lock), Scott Barrett (Lock), Vaea Fifita (Loose forward), Ardie Savea (Loose forward), Liam Squire (Loose forward), Matt Todd (Loose forward), Dalton Papalii (Loose forward), Kieran Read [c] (Loose forward), Aaron Smith (Half-back), Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (Half-back), TJ Perenara (Half-back), Damian McKenzie (First five-eighth), Richie Mo’unga (First five-eighth), Beauden Barrett (First five-eighth), Ryan Crotty (Centre), Jack Goodhue (Centre), Anton Lienert-Brown (Centre), Sonny Bill Williams (Centre), Rieko Ioane (Wing), Waisake Naholo (Wing), Jordie Barrett (Fullback), Ben Smith (Fullback)
Here is another team that will make its appearance in this year’s Rugby World Cup. This team historically has an excellent record and they are bearing a threat to other participants. To be specific, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, and Namibia who have been placed in the same pool will have to tighten their belts.
With the fact that Canada has entered this tournament after registering a win in the Repechage tournament, it implies that South Africa will not have that banana skin. And qualifying from this group will even not be easy.
It is also a doubt for them and this is evident from what they achieved in the last year’s tournament, which was also followed with a series of defeats.
However, they already redeemed their fame after beating New Zealand in the rugby championship tournament. South Africa has been ranked at the fifth place by the world rugby ranking.
Team Squad: Bongi Mbonambi (Hooker), Schalk Brits (Hooker), Malcolm Marx (Hooker), Vincent Koch (Prop), Wilco Louw (Prop), Thomas du Toit (Prop), Steven Kitshoff (Prop), Frans Malherb (Prop), Trevor Nyakane (Prop),Lood de Jager (Lock), Eben Etzebeth (Lock), RG Snyman (Lock), Franco Mostert (Lock), JD Schickerling (Lock), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Loose forward), Siya Kolisi (Loose forward), Francois Louw (Loose forward), Duane Vermeulen (Loose forward), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Loose forward), Warren Whiteley (Loose forward), Embrose Papier (Scrum-half), Louis Schreuder (Scrum-half), Ivan van Zyl (Scrum-half), Damian Willemse (Fly-half), Elton Jantjies (Fly-half), Handré Pollard (Fly-half), Damian de Allende (Centre), André Esterhuizen (Centre), Jesse Kriel (Centre), Ruhan Nel (Centre), Aphiwe Dyantyi (Wing), Cheslin Kolbe (Wing), S’busiso Nkosi (Wing), Sergeal Petersen (Wing), Gio Aplon (Fullback), Willie le Roux (Fullback)
This another favorite team in this tournament. They are ranked as the 11th best team by the world rugby ranking.
They are nicknamed Azzuri, which originates from their blue jersey they used to wear. For this tournament, Sergio Parisse will be the captain and they will under the shaping of Connor shear who is the head coach.
While they have been placed in the same pool B with New Zealand who is the defending champion, one can simply say that qualifying from this pool is tougher to achieve. However, being defending champion doesn’t give a winning guarantee.
Team Squad: Oliviero Fabiani (Hooker), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Hooker), Luca Bigi (Hooker), Tiziano Pasquali (Prop), Nicola Quaglio (Prop), Marco Riccioni (Prop), Simone Ferrari (Prop), Andrea Lovotti (Prop), Cherif Traorè (Prop), Dave Sisi (Lock), Alessandro Zanni (Lock), Dean Budd (Lock), Federico Ruzza (Lock), Sebastian Negri (Back row), Sergio Parisse (c) (Back row), Jake Polledri (Back row), Marco Barbini (Back row), Maxime Mbanda (Back row), Braam Steyn (Back row), Jimmy Tuivaiti (Back row), Callum Braley (Scrum-half), Guglielmo Palazzani (Scrum-half), Tito Tebaldi (Scrum-half), Ian McKinley (Fly-half),Tommaso Allan (Fly-half), Carlo Canna (Fly-half), Tommaso Castello (Centre), Giulio Bisegni (Centre), Michele Campagnaro (Centre), Luca Morisi (Centre), Marco Zanon (Centre), Angelo Esposito (Wing), Luca Sperandio (Wing), Edoardo Padovani (Fullback), Jayden Hayward (Fullback)
Namibia who has been nicknamed Welwitschias is one of the tiers-two rugby teams that are governed by Namibia Rugby Union .they have been playing international tournaments since the 1900s. Namibia also annually competes for the African Cup. They first qualified for the Rugby World Cup in 1999 and they have qualified total five times since then.
They have been placed in the same pool, with New Zealand, who is the defending champion. While they are holding the lowest world rugby ranking of 22th, they have the least expectation of making it to the next knockout stage.
Team Squad: Obert Nortje (Hooker), Des Sethie (Prop), Jason Benade (Prop), Niel van Vuuren (Hooker), AJ de Klerk (Prop), Andre Rademeyer (Prop), Casper Viviers (Prop), Adriaan Ludick (Lock), Tjiuee Uanivi (Lock), Ruan Ludick (Lock), Prince Gaoseb (Loose forward), Rohan Kitshoff (Loose forward), Max Katjijeko (Loose forward), Renaldo Bothma (Loose forward), Thomasau Forbes (Loose forward), Wihan von Wielligh (Scrum-half), Damian Stevens (Scrum-half), PW Steenkamp (Fly-half), Cliven Loubser (Fly-half), JC Greyling (Centre), Henrique Olivier (Centre), Darryl de la Harpe (Centre), Janry du Toit (Wing), Chad Plato (Wing), Johann Tromp (Wing), Justin Newman (Wing), Chrysander Botha (Fullback), TC Kisting (Fullback)
Ranked one position ahead of Namibia, Canada will also play the 2019 world cup while in pool B.
They have been playing international tournaments since 1932, and this year’s edition of the world cup will be no different from the previous tournaments. They have been a participant in every world cup since 1987, which is very amazing.
Apart from competing in the world cup tournaments, they are also a regular participant in the Pacific nation’s cup.
Team Squad: Ray Barkwill (Hooker), Eric Howard (Hooker), Jordan Olsen (Hooker), Benoit Piffero (Hooker), Noah Barker (Prop), Hubert Buydens (Prop), Cole Keith (Prop), Ryan Kotlewski (Prop), Matt Tierney (Prop), Liam Murray (Prop), Djustice Sears-Duru (Prop), Josh Larsen (Lock), Mike Sheppard (Lock), Kyle Baillie (Lock), Conor Keys (Lock), Justin Blanchet (Flanker), Nakai Penny (Flanker), Lucas Rumball (Flanker), Dustin Dobravsky (Flanker), Luke Campbell (Number 8), Travis Larsen (Number 8), Will Percillier (Scrum-half), Jamie Mackenzie (Scrum-half), Gordon McRorie (Fly-half), Will Kelly (Fly-half), Pat Parfrey (Fly-half), Doug Fraser (Centre), Ciaran Hearn (Centre), Nick Blevins (Centre), Guiseppe du Toit (Centre), Ben LeSage (Centre), Kainoa Lloyd (Wing), Andrew Coe (Wing), Theo Sauder (Fullback)
England is also one team who will be in this tournament. Holding the fourth position on the word rugby ranking, they come with some expectations in this year’s world cup. Though, they have been placed in what is called, the pool of death.
However, for them, it is no different from what they were grouped in the previous tournament.
Sincerely speaking, three teams can actually advance to the next stage from this group. This implies that one big fish then has to cut its expectation earlier.
The team has some pro players such as Mako, Billy, Maro Itoje, and Vunipola who are dangerous when they smell the score line. At the backline, they also feature the strongest men Sarace and Owen Farell who ensure that the opponents don’t score tries easily.
Under the expertise of Eddie jones that has a proud record, they have the highest chances of advancing to the next stage.
Team Squad: Jamie George (Hooker), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Hooker), Jack Singleton (Hooker), Dan Cole (Prop), Kyle Sinckler (Prop), Mako Vunipola (Prop), Harry Williams (Prop), Ellis Genge (Prop), Ben Moon (Prop), George Kruis (Lock), Joe Launchbury (Lock), Courtney Lawes (Lock), Nick Isiekwe (Lock), Jack Clifford (Back row), Ben Earl (Back row), Tom Curry (Back row), Nathan Hughes (Back row), Dan Robson (Scrum-half), Ben Youngs (Scrum-half), George Ford (Fly-half), Owen Farrell (c) (Fly-half), Brad Shields (Back row), Mark Wilson (Back row), Billy Vunipola (Back row), Ben Te’o (Centre), Manu Tuilagi (Centre), Ollie Devoto (Centre), Henry Slade (Centre), Chris Ashton (Wing), Joe Cokanasiga (Wing), Jack Nowell (Wing), Ollie Thorley (Wing), Jonny May (Wing), Mike Brown (Fullback), Elliot Daly (Wing)
Placed in Pool C together with Argentina, England, Tonga, and the USA, which is a group of death as many call it, France will have stiff pool plays. Though it is clear that no France fan will like to hear the prediction that France has the least odds of advancing to the next stage but that is the reality.
While many are saying that the finalist might come from this pool, on the other hand, it is also implied that if they qualify, they can have the potential of reaching the final.
They are ranked at the eight places by world rugby ranking, but logically they have a relatively weaker squad. However, they have talents such as Hooker Guirado who known by his quick pace. If they work together with Mathieu Bastareaud, it can be a very powerful combination that can have the potential of scoring tries.
Brunel will guide the team through this year’s tournament. This man has won some titles such as finishing fourth in 2003 as an assistant coach. He was also the assistant coach to France during 2007.
Team Squad: Camille Chat (Hooker), Pierre Bourgarit (Hooker), Guilhem Guirado (c) (Hooker), Dorian Aldegheri (Prop), Etienne Falgoux (Prop), Dany Priso (Prop), Uini Atonio (Prop), Demba Bamba (Prop), Sebastien Vahaamahina (Lock), Paul Willemse (Lock), Arthur Iturria (Lock), Felix Lambey (Lock), Louis Picamoles (Back row), Kelian Galletier (Back row), Gregory Alldritt (Back row), Fabien Sanconnie (Back row), Yacouba Camara (Back row), Antoine Dupont (Scrum-half), Morgan Parra (Scrum-half), Baptiste Serin (Scrum-half), Anthony Belleau (Fly-half), Romain Ntamack (Fly-half), Camille Lopez (Fly-half), Mathieu Bastareaud (Centre), Wesley Fofana (Centre), Damian Penaud (Centre), Geoffrey Doumayrou (Centre), Gael Fickou (Centre), Yoann Huget (Wing), Maxime Medard (Fullback), Thomas Ramos (Fullback)
For sure, Argentina is another top team that will participate in this tournament .this can be clarified by the tenth position that they are holding on world rugby ranking.
As they have also made the qualification criteria and qualified as any other team, they have the potential of winning the trophy, which comes from their powerful players that can score tries.
However, being one of the members of the pool of death, they have to do great things if to advance to knockout.
Team Squad: Julian Montoya (Hooker), Agustin Creevy (Hooker), Santiago Garcia Botta (Prop), Juan Pablo Zeiss (Prop), Lucio Sordoni (Prop), Santiago Medrano (Prop), Mayco Vivas (Prop), Tomas Lavanini (Lock), Guido Petti Pagadizabal (Lock), Matias Alemanno (Lock), Pablo Matera (c) (Loose forward), Rodrigo Bruni (Loose forward), Tomas Lezana (Loose forward), Marcos Kremer (Loose forward), Javier Ortega Desio (Loose forward), Tomas Cubelli (Scrum-half), Martin Landajo (Scrum-half), Santiago Grondona (Loose forward), Gonzalo Bertranou (Scrum-half), Nicolas Sanchez (Fly-half), Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (Fly-half), Matias Moroni (Centre), Jeronimo de la Fuente (Centre), Bautista Ezcurra (Centre), Matias Orlando (Centre), Bautista Delguy (Wing), Ramiro Moyano (Wing), Sebastian Cancelliere (Wing), Santiago Carreras (Fullback), Emiliano Boffelli (Fullback), Juan Cruz Mallia (Fullback)
As we are looking for the Rugby World Cup 2019, we are also waiting to see the USA rugby union team go better as they are called the Eagles and flaunted. While they have already participated in the American Rugby championship, this has been one great way to prepare for the coming world cup.
The Eagles have been pooled in C and will have to play their pool matches against England, Tonga, Argentina, and France. All these pool C members are in the tournament with the highest hopes and therefore send a threat to any participant including the Eagles. This implies that it won’t be a banana skin for the Eagles to advance to the next stage. But if they will duplicate their 2018, performance, then their pool members should face a real battle.
Team Squad: Dylan Fawsitt (Hooker), Peter Malcolm (Hooker), Kapeli Pifeleti (Hooker), James Hilterbrand (Hooker), Joe Taufete’e (Hooker), Dino Waldren (Prop), Chance Wenglewski (Prop), David Ainuu (Prop), Titi Lamositele (Prop), Paul Mullen (Prop), Greg Peterson (Lock), Nick Civetta (Lock), Nate Brakeley (Lock), Samu Manoa (Lock), Hanco Germishuys (Flanker), John Quill (Flanker), Malon Al-Jiboori (Flanker), David Tameilau (Flanker), Cam Dolan (Number 8), Shaun Davies (Scrum-half), Ruben de Haas (Scrum-half), Nick Boyer (Scrum-half), Duncan Van Schalkwyk (Scrum-half), Will Hooley (Fly-half), Tadhg Leader (Fly-half), AJ MacGinty (Fly-half), Will Magie (Fly-half), Bryce Campbell (Centre), Paul Lasike (Centre), Harley Wheeler (Wing), Marcel Brache (Wing), Gannon Moore (Wing), Mike Te’o (Wing), Luke Hume (Fullback), Dylan Audsley (Fullback)
Here is a team that is known to practice war dances before any match. The Ikale Tahi as they are nicknamed will test their hopes while in pool C.
They are ranked at the 13th place on the world rugby ranking.
The Tonga rugby team was formed to participate in the 1986 pacific cup and they have qualified and competed in five different world cups since 1995. Their most recent tournament was in 2017 when they earned their best results by reaching the semifinals.
Team Squad: Sosefo Sakalia (Hooker), Paul Ngauamo (Hooker), Tolu Fahamokioa (Prop), Maʻafu Fia (Prop), Paea Faʻanunu (Prop), Siegfried Fisi’ihoi (Prop), Latu Talakai (Prop), Ben Tameifuna (Prop), Steve Mafi (Lock), Sam Ulufonua (Lock), Leva Fifita (Lock), Sione Kalamafoni (Flanker), Fotu Lokotui (Flanker), Daniel Faleafa (Flanker), Michael Faleafa (Flanker), Sione Vailanu (Flanker), Valentino Mapapalangi (Number 8), Maama Vaipulu (Number 8), Sonatane Takulua (Half-back), Leon Fukofuka (Half-back), Latiume Fosita (First five-eighth), Kurt Morath (First five-eighth), Siale Piutau (c) (Centre), Latu Vaeno (Centre), Hawaii Ahokovi (Centre), Viliami Lolohea (Wing), Alaska Taufa (Wing), Daniel Kilioni (Wing), Atieli Pakalani (Fullback)
Australia, nicknamed wallabies is another team that can be said as a great rugby team. For Australia, lifting this year’s trophy cannot be regarded as a miracle as they hold a confirming history. They are ranked at the sixth-best rugby team by the world rugby ranking. Though, their recent form can be a doubt. We hold our expectations that, this year will be their right moment to redeem themselves.
Placed in Pool D, they have to play against Wales, Fiji, Uruguay, Georgia, and if to advance to the next stage, they have to win at least two matches.
And this will not be a banana skin for them as for Fiji and Georgia no one will want to cut his expectation short too early. They also have some amazing talents such as Israel Folau who is one of the remarkable fullbacks. He usually seals the backline with help from Michael Hooper and David Pocock.
Team Squad: Folau Fainga’a (Hooker), Tolu Latu (Hookerr), Tatafu Polota-Nau (Hookerr), Jermaine Ainsley (Propr), Allan Alaalatoa (Propr), Sekope Kepu (Propr), Scott Sio (Propr), Taniela Tupou (Propr), Rory Arnold (Lockr), Adam Coleman (Lockr), Izack Rodda (Lockr), Rob Simmons (Lockr), Jack Dempsey (Loose forwardr), Ned Hanigan (Loose forwardr), Michael Hooper (c) (Loose forwardr), Isi Naisarani (Loose forwardr), David Pocock (Loose forwardr), Peter Samu (Loose forwardr), Rob Valetini (Loose forwardr), Will Genia (Scrum-halfr), Jake Gordon (Scrum-halfr), Nick Phipps (Scrum-halfr), Bernard Foley (Fly-halfr), Matt To’omua (Fly-halfr), Kurtley Beale (Centrer), Samu Kerevi (Centrer), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Wingr), Dane Haylett-Petty (Wingr), Marika Koroibete (Wingr), Jack Maddocks (Wingr), Sefa Naivalu (Wingr), Jordan Petaia (Wingr), Tom Banks (Fullbackr), Israel Folau (Fullbackr)
Wales is among the favorite teams in this tournament. Even they are ranked as the second-best rugby team by world rugby ranking. Wales makes the member of pool D alongside Australia, Fiji, Uruguay, and Georgia.
The wales team is also made up of some excellent talents such as George North, Taulupe Faletau, Dan Biggar, Williams, and Jonathan Davies. The combination can score the tries as well as protect the backline.
Team Squad: Ryan Elias (Hooker), Ken Owens (Hooker), Elliot Dee (Hooker), Rob Evans (Prop), Tomas Francis (Prop), Wyn Jones (Prop), Leon Brown (Prop), Samson Lee (Prop), Dillon Lewis (Prop), Nicky Smith (Prop), Adam Beard (Lock), Seb Davies (Lock), Alun Wyn Jones (c) (Lock), Jake Ball (Lock), Justin Tipuric (Back row), Josh Turnbull (Back row), Aaron Wainwright (Back row), Ross Moriarty (Back row), Josh Navidi (Back row), Thomas Young (Back row), Aled Davies (Scrum-half), Gareth Davies (Scrum-half), Tomos Williams (Scrum-half), Dan Biggar (Fly-half), Jarrod Evans (Fly-half), Gareth Anscombe (Fly-half), Rhys Patchell (Fly-half), Hadleigh Parkes (Centre), Owen Watkin (Centre), Jonathan Davies (Centre), Steff Evans (Wing), Jonah Holmes (Wing), George North (Wing), Josh Adams (Wing), Hallam Amos (Wing), Leigh Halfpenny (Fullback), Liam Williams (Fullback)
They are nicknamed the Lelos, the Georgia rugby teams are governed by Georgia rugby union. They have been considered as a second-tier rugby team, who has been participating in a number of tournaments. The regular tournament being the European championship where they are the current winners. They have qualified to rugby world, four times since 2003.
Team Squad: Zurab Zhvania (Prop), Guram Gogichashvili (Prop), Giorgi Melikidze (Prop), Levan Chilachava (Prop), Beka Gigashvili (Prop), Tornike Mataradze (Prop), Vano Karkadze (Hooker), Shalva Mamukashvili (Hooker), Giorgi Begadze (Scrum-half), Vasil Lobzhanidze (Scrum-half), Gela Aprasidze (Scrum-half), Tedo Abzhandadze (Fly-half), Merab Sharikadze (Centre), Giorgi Kveseladze (Centre), Davit Kacharava (Centre), Lasha Malaghuradze (Centre), Nodar Tcheishvili (Lock), Shalva Sutiashvili (Lock), Giorgi Nemsadze (Lock), Davit Gigauri (Lock), Giorgi Tkhilaishvili (Flanker), Beka Saghinadze (Flanker), Giorgi Tsutskiridze (Flanker), Giorgi Javakhia (Flanker), Otar Giorgadze (Flanker), Mirian Modebadze (Wing), Zurab Dzneladze (Wing), Alexander Todua (Wing), Beka Gorgadze (Number 8), Soso Matiashvili (Fullback), Giorgi Aptsiauri (Fullback), Lasha Khmaladze (Fullback)
Fiji is holding the ninth position on the world rugby ranking and this implies that they still hold some fortune in this year’s edition of the Rugby World Cup.
With the help of some key players who are capable of scoring tries and protecting the backline, Fiji is a real threat in this tournament.
Remember, they qualified after winning the Pacific Tri-Nations tournament. This confirms their power and what they can do in this coming tournament.
They will under the mentorship of Coach John McKee who will confirm that he really qualifies for the job trough key players such as Nemani Nadolo.
Site:Mesulame Dolokoto (Hooker), Sam Matavesi (Hooker), Veremalua Vugakoto (Hooker), Campese Ma’afu (Prop), Eroni Mawi (Prop), Ropate Rinakama (Prop), Manasa Saulo (Prop), Kalivati Tawake (Prop), Joeli Veitayaki Jr. (Prop), Tevita Cavubati (Lock), Leone Nakarawa (Lock), Albert Tuisue (Lock), Semi Kunatani (Flanker), Viliame Mata (Flanker), Mosese Voka (Flanker), Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c) (Flanker), Peceli Yato (Flanker), Nemani Nagusa (Number 8), Frank Lomani (Scrum-half), Henry Seniloli (Scrum-half), Alivereti Veitokani (Fly-half), Ben Volavola (Fly-half), Semi Radradra (Centre), Eroni Sau (Centre), Eroni Vasiteri (Centre), Jale Vatubua (Centre), Vereniki Goneva (Wing), Metuisela Talebula (Wing), Josua Tuisova (Wing), Kini Murimurivalu (Fullback), Setariki Tuicuvu (Fullback)
The Uruguay national rugby team nicknamed, the Los Toro’s will also be in this tournament after a consecutive qualification in 1999, 2003 and most recently 2015.historically, they are also a good rugby team who are currently ranked at the 18th place on the world rugby ranking and the third-best team around American regions.
Governed by Union de Rugby Del Uruguay, they have been placed in Pool D, they also have an outstanding player who can score tries during the pool plays.
Team Squad: Facundo Gattas (Hooker), German Kessler (Hooker), Manuel Ardao (Hooker), Juan Echeverria (Prop), Juan Rombys (Prop), Mateo Sanguinetti (Prop), Matias Benitez (Prop), Ignacio Dotti (Lock), Manuel Leindekar (Lock), Diego Magno (Lock), Juan Manuel Gaminara (c) (Flanker), Juan Diego Ormaechea (Flanker), Manuel Diana (Flanker), Leandro Segredo (Flanker), Alejandro Nieto (Number 8), Tomas Inciarte (Scrum-half), Santiago Arata (Scrum-half), Felipe Berchesi (Fly-half), Juan Manuel Cat (Fly-half), Agustin Della Corte (Centre), Joaquin Prada (Centre), Andres Vilaseca (Centre), Leandro Leivas (Wing), Rodrigo Silva (Wing), Federico Favaro (Wing), Gaston Mieres (Fullback)
These are all the teams who have qualified and will play in this year’s tournament. During our overview, we didn’t follow any order in the listing. Remember all these teams have qualified after meeting different criteria; they all have that potential of advancing to the next stage and even winning the trophy.