Rugby World Cup 2019 pool stage previews infographic
Graphic shows previews of all four pools at the Rugby World Cup 2019, with details of matchday dates and previous head-to-head records.


Guide to pool stage fixtures

By Chris Dinsdale

September 20, 2019 - October 13, 2019 - The Rugby World Cup gets underway in Japan. Host nation Japan opens the tournament against Russia in Tokyo, while heavyweight nations New Zealand, Australia and France begin their campaigns against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina respectively on the following day. Eight teams will qualify from the pool stages to compete in the knock-out stages.

The 2019 tournament marks the first time that the showpiece has been held in Asia, outside rugby's traditional heartlands.

A total of 48 matches will be played at 12 venues over six weeks, with the final taking place at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on November 2.

Twenty countries compete in Japan: Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Namibia, New Zealand, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Tonga, Uruguay, U.S.A and Wales

PUBLISHED: 17/09/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images