Ireland, japan, Scotland, Samoa and Russia face off together with the two sides that are highest-ranked – Ireland and Scotland – facing each other in week .
Four years back, Japan shocked the world by beating South Africa in England about the greatest stage of all. This month , they will host the showpiece of rugby and look to create a.
Below we have a look at every country’s 31-man squad, choose an integral participant to focus on, undergo present form and provide all the pool fittings…
Head coach: Joe Schmidt
Captain: Rory Best (120 caps)
Past Rugby World Cup best: Quarter-finals (1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2015)
Key participant: James Ryan. Even the row has developed into the performer within the Ireland squad. His work at the at ruck and loose time is vital to the attacking phase drama and defensive sets of Ireland. Using Devin Toner Ryan will also have to measure at the lineout.
Present form: Curiously enough, Ireland head to the World Cup since the No 1 rated side in the entire world for the very first time despite enduring a far tougher 2019 compared to 2018. Last year saw them conquer all since they conquer against the All Blacks and acquired show victory in Australia, a Six Nations Grand Slam. This season, they’ve suffered heavy defeats to Wales and England (double ), with their general form and confidence rocked. Their final Cup triumph over Wales in Dublin was impressive though and will provide them a pep in their step.
31-man World Cup group:
Forwards (17): Rory Best (c), Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Dave Kilcoyne, Iain Henderson, Jean Kleyn Peter O’Mahony Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier.
Backs (14): Bundee Aki, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Robbie Henshaw, Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Luke McGrath, Conor Murray, Garry Ringrose, Jonathan Sexton, Jacob Stockdale.
Head coach: Gregor Townsend
Captain: Stuart McInally (29 Tests)
Past Rugby World Cup best: Semi-finals (1991)
Key player: Finn Russell. When Russell is on shape, Scotland difficult to include and are a side to defend against. His speed, passing capability off propensity and hand to measure the lineup make him a attacking threat. The type of maverick gift which he is means when he’s off his game also are Scotland.
Current form: somewhat like Ireland, Scotland will look back to 2018 more lovingly than 2019. At the formerthey beat England, France, Argentina (home and away) and Fiji, while also giving the Springboks a good go. While drawing in the jaws of a 38-38 victory at Twickenham England in 2019, they have dropped to Wales, France and Ireland. With a reduction in France, things could not have started worse in the warm-ups, but they recovered to beat France away and in the home and Georgia home. All in all is really a mixed bag.
World Cup group:
Forwards (17): John Barclay, Simon Berghan, Fraser Brown, Scott Cummings, Allan Dell, Zander Fagerson, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Stuart McInally (c), WP Nel, Gordon Reid, Jamie Ritchie, Blade Thomson, Ben Toolis, George Turner, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson.
Backs (14): Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Adam Hastings, Stuart Hogg, George Horne, Peter Horne, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Maitland, Ali Price, Finn Russell, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor.
Head coach: Jamie Joseph
Captain: Michael Leitch (62 caps)
Previous Rugby World Cup best: Pool point (1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Key participant: Michael Leitch. Not their skipper, Leitch is the best player of Japan, together with breakdown skills his match and basic work ethic excellent. He’s an integral leader with this group, and was central in the decision making four years ago to discount the possibility of a draw to get a shot – that the upset the game has ever witnessed.
Current form: Actually, the form over the past few years against Tier 1 opposition of Japan doesn’t make for great reading. Bar 1 victory over Italy they’ve been soundly beaten by New Zealand, England and South Africa – although there is no shame in defeat – while having lost in a different Test against Italy. They have beaten Fiji, Tonga, Georgia, Russia and Italy. Can Scotland and Ireland jolt?
31-man World Cup squad:
Forwards (18): Michael Leitch (c), Keita Inagaki, Yusuke Kizu, Jiwon Koo, Isileli Nakajima, Asaeli Valu, Takuya Kitade, Atsushi Sakate, Shota Horie, Luke Thompson, Wimpie van der Walt, Uwe Helu, James Moore, Hendrik Tui, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Pieter Labuschagne, Kazuki Himeno, Amanaki Mafi.
Backs (13): Kaito Shigeno, Fumiaki Tanaka, Yutaka Nagare, Yu Tamura, Rikiya Matsuda, Kenki Fukuoka, Ataata Moeakiola, Lomano Lemeki, William Tupou, Ryoto Nakamura, Timothy Lafaele, Kotaro Matsushima, Ryohei Yamanaka.
Head coach: Steve Jackson
Captain: Chris Vui (14 caps)
Past Rugby World Cup best: Quarter-finals (1991, 1995)
Key player: Chris Vui. You simply have to listen to Pat Lam and Eddie Jones talk to know. Indeed, the phrase’world class’ has even been utilized. Electricity and dexterous hands, he is a player.
Form: Not so great. Over the past two decades have been Germany, Spain and Tonga. They’ve dropped to Fiji (twice), Tonga, Georgia, the USA (double ) and also Australia. However, with most of their players in now, they might come that this World Cup.
World Cup squad:
Forwards (17): Afaesetiti Amosa, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam, Piula Fa’asalele, Josh Tyrell, Chris Vui (c), Teofilo Paulo, Kane Leaupepe, Senio Toleafoa, Michael Alaalatoa, Paul Alo-Emile, James Lay, Jordan Lay, Logovi’i Mulipola, Motu Matu’u, Ray Niuia, Seilala Lam.
Backs (14): Ed Fidow, Tim Nanai-Williams, Ahsee Tuala, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Henry Taefu, Alapati Leiua, Reynold Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia, AJ Atatimu, Tusi Pisi, Ulupano Seuteni, Dwayne Polotaivao, Melani Matavao, Scott Malolua.
Head trainer: Lyn Jones
Captain: Vasily Artemyev (88 caps)
Previous Rugby World Cup best: Pool stage (2011)
Key player: Andrei Ostrikov. The lock is just one of just two Russia players to ply their trade outside the nation, and has experience of performing for Agen in France and Sale Sharks in England in which he featured between 2011 and 2019. He’s signed for Best 14 club Grenoble.
Current form: This month’s showpiece will only be the next World Cup involvement of Russia, having formerly featured without success in 2011, failing to qualify in 2015. Their form is rather abysmal, with sent 85 points to Italy from the build-up, and dropped to the likes of Jersey Reds and Connacht. September 20, the tournament against Japan opens on Friday.
31-man World Cup group:
Forwards (18): Azamat Bitiev, Andrey Garbuzov, Kirill Gotovtsev, Victor Gresev, Bogdan Fedotko, Vitaliy Zhivatov, Evgeny Matveev, Andrey Polivalov, Vladimir Podrezov, Evgeny Yelgin, Stanislav Selsky, Nikita Vavilin, Sergey Chernyshev, Tagir Gadzhiev, Roman Khodin, Andrei Ostrikov, Valery Morozov, Anton Sychev.
Backs (13): Vasily Artemyev (c), Igor Galinovsky, Kirill Golosnitsky, Vasily Dorofeev, Yuri Kushnarev, German Davydov, Dmitry Perov, Vladislav Sozonov, Dmitry Gerasimov, Ramil Gaysin, Denis Simplikevich, Vladimir Ostroushko, Sergey Yanyushkin.