Rugby World Cup 2019: Russia

World ranking: 20th

Qualification: First in Europe

Best result: Pool stage

TAB odds: $501

Chances: Difficult to think of the planet's biggest country (by area) and one of the most populated as a minnow of world rugby. 

Russia qualified from Europe, only after Belgium, Romania and Spain were all disqualified for fielding ineligible players, so any kind of result in perhaps the weakest pool would be a bonus.

Leading players:


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

September 24
Russia v Samoa, Kumagaya City, 10:15pm

October 3
Ireland v Russia, Kobe City, 11:15pm

October 9
Scotland v Russia, Shizukoa Prefecture, 8:15pm