Rugby World Cup 2019
The 8 losers will be entered into a second consolation bracket dubbed the Challenge bracket, which also takes place over the weekend. The 4 Quarterfinal winners will move on to the Semifinals, which takes place right around lunchtime on Sunday, July 22 nd. The 4 quarterfinal losers will move on to the Challenge bracket. The top 14 seeds are based on the points that they earned during the season and the first 7 rounds of contests that spanned the globe including Dubai, Las Vegas and Vancouver.
The lower 10 seeds are based on how the teams placed in the Hong Kong World Series qualifier. Despite coming into this tournament as the 2 seed, Fiji is the defending Olympic champions.
They have qualified for all 6 previous RWC tournaments and finished no worse than 5 th , which was in Fiji has won the RWC on two occasions and , but finished 3 rd in the tournament.
Fiji looks to become the first team to ever win 3 Rugby World Cup titles. They bring an exciting style of play that will have all viewers glued to their TVs or mobile devices. He will provide the team with much needed experience as most of the other players have never played in the RWC before. In their six previous RWC appearances, South Africa has five 5th place finishes and one runner-up finish which was in , when they lost to Fiji South Africa is trying to win their first ever RWC title and this is arguably their best chance in the last 20 years.
New Zealand is ranked 3 for the tournament, but they are the defending RWC Sevens champion having won it all in They crushed England and look to win their second consecutive RWC title and 3 rd overall.
This squad is arguably the most popular team in the world and they have had a lot of success in the RWC Sevens tournament. In addition to their 2 championships, they also have a 2 nd , 3 rd , 5 th and 7 th place finish. This year, the All Blacks only have two players from their championship team — captain Tim Mikkelson and Kurt Baker. Head coach Mike Friday has turned this program around after previous stints with England and Kenya.
They also have the fastest man in the tournament with Carlin Isles. The USA is slowly creeping up into becoming one of the Top 5 teams in the world. A strong finish at the RWC Sevens tournament would solidify this ascension. With that in mind, they provide some great betting value as the host team and anything can happen in a knockout-style tournament. England finished runner-up in and won the inaugural Rugby World Cup in They come into the tournament as the 4 seed and have a handful of players returning from their Olympic Silver Medal squad and their RWC runner-up squad.
Coach Simon Amor believes that this squad has a fantastic balance of youth and experience in addition to a wealth of tournament success over the last few years. Each game has two seven-minute halves with a minute in-between each half.
The Round of 16 will begin on Friday, July 20 th with 8 games. The 8 winners will advance to the Quarterfinals on Friday evening. The 4 Quarterfinal winners will then advance to the Semifinals on Saturday, July 21 st.
Japan was given the 11 th seed due to their position as a core team, while the remaining five seeds are based on their results at the Hong Kong tournament. Odds and more as Ireland, South Africa and France battle it out to be the host nation. Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup in is coming to an end after months of campaigning.
Leo Varadkar has been in London along with ambassadors such as Brian O'Driscoll as they look to secure the tournament for Ireland. The Taoiseach has said securing the Rugby World Cup will be a "national priority". But when will everyone find out who has secured the tournament?
Here's everything you need to know. Ireland are currently the big favourites to host the tournament which bodes well as the bookmakers tend to get these things right. Brian O'Drsicoll is the most well known ambassador in rugby circles on the Irish ambassadorial team and has been bigging up Ireland as a potential host. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: Ireland bid for the Rugby World Cup Image: Inpho Get daily updates directly to your inbox Subscribe See our privacy notice.
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