Date For Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool Draw Announced
The pool draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the first to be held in Asia, will take place in Kyodo, Japan, on May 10 next year.
Twelve of the 20 teams for the tournament, including host Japan, have already been decided, with the other eight coming through a global qualifying process.
These 12 teams will be split into three bands based on their current world rankings, while the eight teams that come through the qualifiers will be divided in two more bands.
The four pools will contain one randomly selected team from each band for a total of five teams in the group.
The 2019 World Cup will be the ninth edition of the tournament, which New Zealand has won three times, and Australia and South Africa twice each.