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.
Pool draw (NZT)
Japan v Russia, Tokyo, 10:45pm
Russia v Samoa, Kumagaya City, 10:15pm
Ireland v Russia, Kobe City, 11:15pm
Scotland v Russia, Shizukoa Prefecture, 8:15pm