Rugby World Cup 2019: Scotland

World ranking: Eighth

Qualification: 2015 quarter-finals

Best result: Fourth 1991

TAB odds: $34

Chances: On rankings, Scotland should progress through pool play, but face a tough group that includes hosts Japan and historic giantkillers Samoa, as well as Ireland.

Will need to be on top of their game throughout the tournament, because if they make it to the quarter-finals, they crossover with the NZ/South Africa pool.

Leading players:


Pool draw (NZT)
September 22
Ireland v Scotland, Yokohama City, 7:45pm (live updates)

September 30
Scotland v Samoa, Kobe City, 11:15pm

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

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