Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan

World ranking: 11th

Qualification: Third in 2015 pool

Best result: Pool stage

TAB odds: $201

Chances: While they have never moved past the World Cup pool stages, the 'Brave Blossoms' pulled off one of the greatest all-time upsets, when they toppled South Africa four years ago.

They're on home turf this time and probably need to beat Samoa and Scotland to advance - if they're ever going to do it, this is the time.

Leading players:


Pool draw
September 20
Japan v Russia, Tokyo, 10:45pm

September 28
Japan v Ireland, Shizuoka Prefecture, 7:15pm (live updates)

October 5
Japan v Samoa, Toyota City, 11:30pm

October 13
Japan v Scotland, Yokohama City, 11:45pm (live updates)