Rugby World Cup 2019: Top 10 Teams

Are you among those many fans, who are waiting for the Rugby World Cup 2019?  While we approach the Friday of 20th September for the first match, we also expect some excellent performance from top teams around the world.

There will be twenty teams who will be in the field to try and win the trophy.  These 20 teams are grouped into four pools of each with five teams. The first two teams in each group will advance to the next round of knockouts.

As we have seen from the previous eight editions of this tournament, these 20 teams will have to do imaginable things such as excellent tries, which will be entertaining. So, we expect some individual piece of magic, collective team efforts and loud noises from fans.

Here, we take some time to analyze the top teams that will for sure take your concentration in this tournament.

Rugby World Cup Top 10 Teams

New Zealand

The first favorite team in this Rugby World Cup 2019 is the team New Zealand, who are ranked position in the World Rugby Ranking. They have been placed in pool B and they will have to play against Italy, South Africa, and Namibia.

The All Blacks enter this tournament as the defending champions. So, they have the highest hopes of qualifying to the next round along their counterpart South Africa. If they finish the top, they will have to play the runner up of pool A and if they land, the second spot in the pool will have to play the Pool A winner.

And from the expectation, the teams likely to meet South Africa in the next round are Ireland or Scotland.

If you have been following the rugby tournaments, you will agree that the Team New Zealand is packed up with the excellent players who tend to show extra-ordinary energy while in the field.it is clear that no one will attempt to bet against them being the winner of the 2015 tournament.

Among their key player are Ben Smith and Beauden who play at the backline. At the upfront, they have Retallick and Kieran Read who are very dangerous when it comes to scoring tries.

Their first match will be against South Africa on September 21 at Yokohama international stadium.in their second match, they will be at Oita Stadium against Canada on second of October. Match three will be Tokyo stadium and they will be playing against Namibia on Sunday, October 6. Their last game will be against Italy at the City of Toyota Stadium on Saturday, October 12.

Wales

The second on our list is the Wales rugby Team who is also ranked as second in the World Rugby ranking. They have been placed in pool D where they will have to play against Fiji, Australia, Georgia, and Uruguay.

They also have some magnificent players, who are very dangerous at scoring and defending. Among the key players are Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies, Taulupe Faletau, George North, and Lillian Williams. These are all sharp and strong players, though the retirement of Sam Warburton was perceived as a challenge .but with the coaching from Warren Gatland, they can still have some hopes in this tournament.

 They are playing warm-up matches ahead of their first game of the tournament against Georgia at   City of Toyota Stadium on Monday 23rd of September. Their second game will be against Australia on Sunday, 29th September at Tokyo Stadium. The third game will be against Fiji at Oita stadium on Wednesday, 9th of October.  Their last and fourth game of the pool will be against Uruguay, on Sunday 13th October at Kumamoto Stadium.

Ireland

Next, find Ireland who sits at the third place on our list and on the World Rugby Ranking. They are also another favorite team and which will not be a surprise if they lift the trophy.

While they have been placed in pool A that has rivals such as Scotland, Russia, Samoa and to make it worse, Japan the host team. This implies that qualifying from this pool will not be an easy thing.

The team will be under the coaching of Joe Schmidt, who has announced that will retire after the tournament. So, he will be looking to mark the end of his career with something

Their first match will be against Scotland at Yokohama international stadium, followed against Japan at Shizuoka Stadium. They will also play their third match against Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium and they will end their pool matches against Samoa at Fukuoka stadium.

England

We also decide to include team England in our rundown. They have been ranked at fourth place in the World rugby ranking. They have some hopes in this tournament, though they have been placed in what is called, “the pool of death”.

But for them, they are seeing nothing from what they were pooled in 2015. However, for us, we see the capability of three teams to qualify for the next round. This implies that one big fish will have to cut its expectation too early.

In pool C, they will play against France, USA, Argentina, and Tonga. In this group, three big fish can advance to the next stage. England is among those three big fish, though the defeat they faced again all blacks can be alarming.

Among their key players are Billy, Mako, Maro Itoje, and Vunipola who will be mandated with scoring points while they will be protected behind by Sarace, and Owen Farell. These key players will be under the coaching of Eddie Jones that has a proud rugby record. This Australian man won some trophies, as he was an assistant coach with South Africa.

Their first match will be against Tonga on Sunday, September 22 at Sapporo Dome stadium.in the second match, they will be at Kobi Misaki Stadium on Thursday, September 26 to face the wrath from the USA. Their third match against Argentina will be at the Tokyo stadium on Saturday, October 5 the last of Pool against France will be on Saturday, 12th October at Yokohama international stadium.

South Africa

Here is another team, which historically are a threat to other teams in this tournament. They are in Pool A alongside Italy, New Zealand, Namibia, and Canada.

For South Africa, it is still not an easy thing to qualify directly in this group. With the fact that Canada has entered this tournament after winning the Repechage tournament, they have shown their power. Moreover, their shocking loss in 2015 and some series defeats, we can expect less in this team.

Maybe what can make us include it in this rundown of the top teams of the rugby world cup 2019 is their win that they registered against New Zealand during the Rugby Championship. Also, they are placed in fifth place on the World Rugby ranking.

Furthermore, their advancement implies that they should play the winners of pool A. in this case and as we expect Ireland or Scotland which is another mountain to climb.

Among the key players is the Siya Kolisi who is the first ever black captain who plays in the forward alongside world-class Hooker Malcolm. Wasps Willie le is another excellent playmaker in the team and is considered by many fans as the best in this tournament.

They will have to play New Zealand in their first match of the pool on Saturday, September 21 at Yokohama international stadium. Their second game will be against Namibia on Saturday, September 28 at the city of Toyota stadium. In their third match of the pool, they will be at Shizuoka stadium against Italy on Friday, October 4. They finish the pool plays against Canada on Tuesday, October 8 at Kobe Misaki stadium.

Australia

Wallabies are another great team in rugby history. So, it is no surprise if we feature in this list of the strongest teams in the world rugby 2019. Though their recent form has been somehow low, they still rank at the top six on the world rugby ranking.

Hopefully, this will be the year to redeem themselves. However, they are placed in pool D and this implies that they should finish first or second before Wales, Fiji, Georgia or Uruguay.

This is not a potential banana skin for them, as Fiji and Georgia have got some expectation. If they top the pool, they will have to play the runners up of pool C and if they end as runners up, they will have to play the winner of pool A.

Key players include Israel Folau who are fantastic fullbacks. They work along with Michael Hooper and David Pocock in protecting the backline.

They open their pool match against Fiji on Saturday, 21st September at Sapporo stadium. Their second game of the pool will be against Wales on Sunday 29 September at Tokyo stadium. They will see another test against Uruguay on Saturday, the fifth of October at Oita Stadium in their third match and they finish the pool plays against Georgia on Friday 11th of October at Shizuoka stadium.

Scotland

To keep our list live, we decide to feature Scotland along our way. Ranked at seventh place on world rugby ranking, they also come in this tournament with some hopes. As they are placed in group A, for them to advance to the next round, it means that they should finish first or second over or after Ireland, Russia, Japan, and Samoa.

While many spectators are saying that this is the easiest group, it doesn’t imply that it is easy for Scotland. Maybe for Ireland who is even ranked above them on world rugby ranking. The good news is that finishing the second, makes you be in the next round. So, they can opt for second place.

With outstanding talents exhibited by Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell, alongside their protector, Grieg Laidlaw, they can do imaginable things by controlling the game and winning points.

They will open their first match of the tournament against Ireland on Sunday, September 22 at Yokohama international stadium. Their second match will be against Samoa on Monday, September 30 at the Kobe Malik stadium. They will then face Russia on Wednesday, October 9 at Shizuoka Stadium in their third match. They will know their fate in the pool by taking on Japan on Sunday, October 13 at Yokohama international stadium.

France

Placed in Group C alongside England, Argentina, USA, and Tonga, France is another great team in this year’s tournament. In the pool that has marked by many spectators as the “the pool of death.” No France fan will like to hear the news that they existing at the group stages. The truth of the matter is that, even if they advance they are likely to meet the fellow pool makers.
Logically, they haven’t had strong players, though they are ranked at eight positions on the World Rugby Ranking. However, the likes of Hooker Guirado who has an excellent pace. When combined with the Mathieu Bastareaud who is also powerful, scoring trials can be something easy for the team.
The squad will be under the coaching from Brunel who has some record winning such as finishing fourth in 2003 and 2007 when he was an assistant coach in France.
The team will match against France in the group opening on September 21 at Tokyo Stadium. They will then meet their old enemy, the England team in their second match, which will be played on Wednesday, October 2 at Fukuoka stadium. These are the critical matches of this pool as the winner in these two matches, can have a spot in the next round.
While they also have a third match of the pool against Tonga, which will be on Sunday, October 6 at Kumamoto stadium, and their last match against England on Saturday, October 12 at Yokohama international stadium, if they win this two games can still have a chance to advance to the next stage.

Fiji

Ranked at the ninth spot on the world rugby ranking, it implies that have some fortune in this coming rugby world cup. For sure, they have some key player, who can be a threat to other teams in the tournaments. Remember, they are in this tournament because they won the Pacific Tri-Nations tournament and this shows how powerful they have alongside being among the top ten teams on the world rugby ranking.

They have responsible coach John McKee who will showcase his coaching skill through key players such as Nemani Nadolo who plays at the wing.

Argentina

Last but not least, on our list, is Argentina? For sure, we can’t conclude to include it on our rundown if it is all about the best teams in the Rugby world 2019. While they are also sitting on the tenth position on the list released by world rugby ranking, it doesn’t mean they have no threat in this tournament.

Remember, they qualified like any other team and have very powerful players who can score tries, defend, and win points.

Last Words

Here, we mark an end to our list of the best and strong teams to partake in this coming rugby world cup. While there are more teams who can still find their way in the top ten teams of the tournament, for our case, we selected the teams based on the world rugby ranking.