Rugby World Cup 2019 Draw

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Good morning. At around 9am the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place in Kyoto, Japan. Yep, It's a little over two years away, but good old RWC maintains that the draw has to happen now. So we'll have the usual 12 directly qualified teams and a bunch of "to be named laters" going into the draw.

How does it work? I hear you ask. There will be 20 teams in total, to be split across four pools of five. 12 teams directly qualified via their performance at RWC 2015, and are seeded according to their slot in the World Rugby Rankings as at May 10th, 2017

Those 12 are split into three bands (or pots) of four. The eight qualifying teams are also banded. One team from each band is drawn per pool.

You want to know who is in which band? Thought you might. Band1 is the four highest ranked directly qualified teams: New Zealand - winners in 2015 England - they don't like to talk about finishing 3rd in their pool in 2015 Australia - runners up in 2015 Ireland - quarter final in 2015

Band 2 the next four sides in the rankings: Scotland - jobbed by a chicken legged Aussie ref in the semi France - quarter finalist South Africa - semi finalist Wales - quarter finalist

Band 3 - the last of the directly qualified sides: Argentina - will be in "Group of Death" Japan - hosts Georgia Italy

Band 4 - winners of various qualifying competitions and given catchy names Africa 1 Americas 1 Europe 1 Oceania 1

Band 5 - lucky losers in qualifying Oceania 2 Americas 2 Play-off winner Repechage winner

RWC have a handy guide to explain the simple process of how teams qualify: One European qualifier: The highest-ranked team from the Rugby Europe Championship (excluding Georgia) will qualify – Europe 1 Two Oceania qualifiers: Two teams to qualify for RWC 2019 from a Pacific Nations Cup played on a home and away basis over June 2016 and 2017 – Oceania 1 and 2

One Europe/Oceania play-off qualifier: The third place team from the Pacific Nations Cup will play a home and away play-off with the second-ranked team in the Rugby Europe Championship (excluding Georgia) with the winner on aggregate qualifying for RWC 2019. The loser will qualify for the repechage tournament – Play-off 1