The 2019 Rugby World Cup pool has now been confirmed. The England team will be facing Tonga after they sealed their spot in the tournament.
The World Cup is slated for September 20 to November 2 in 2019. Twelve teams earned auto qualification for making the top three in their groups at the last event. As Tonga claimed Oceania 2, Samoa would have to wait to know which European side they would clash with next year in a play-off to make the spot in Pool A.
Fiji defeated Samoa 38-16 to win the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup title, making it clear for Tonga to make the 2019 event as Samoa failed to get the Oceania 2 spot. The other pool members are France and Argentina.
Any of Czech Republic or Portugal would face the team that places second in the 2018 Rugby Europe Championship (excluding Georgia who have qualified for 2019 already). Samoa would have to face the winner of that contest to get a spot else they would be drawn into the global repechage tournament. Once the draw has been concluded, and the pools are completed, tickets for the World Cup will be available through this link, with fans set to be treated to a festival of rugby.
Following the nature of how the Lions Tour ended, England would be in the spotlight for the event in two years. In Pool A, Ireland, Scotland, and Japan would be joined by one team from Europe and any side that wins the playoff. Pool B has New Zealand, South Africa, and Italy. An African side and the repechage winner would join them. Pool D has Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji and one American side.
With the quality of oppositions, Pool C is being tagged “the group of death.” The back to back Six Nations winners are hoping to shock many at the World Cup, particularly with their resurgence under manager Eddie Jones.