Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales

World ranking: First

Qualification: 2015 quarter-finalists

Best result: Third 1987

TAB odds: $8

Chances: Their Six Nations/Grand Slam success firmly established the Welsh as the team to watch in Japan. Wins over Ireland and England especially put them ahead of the All Blacks' pursuers.

Remember too, coach Warren Gatland masterminded the British & Irish Lions' series draw in New Zealand two years ago, so he is undaunted by the challenge before him.

Leading players:


Pool draw (NZT)
September 23
Wales v Georgia, Toyota City, 10:15pm

September 29
Australia v Wales, Tokyo, 8:45pm (live updates)

October 9
Wales v Fiji, Oita Prefecture, 10:45pm (live updates)

October 13
Wales v Uruguay, Kumamoto City, 9:15pm