World ranking: Second
Qualification: 2015 quarter-finalists
Best result: Third 1987
TAB odds: $7
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.
Pool draw (NZT)
Wales v Georgia, Toyota City, 10:15pm
Australia v Wales, Tokyo, 8:45pm (live updates)
Wales v Fiji, Oita Prefecture, 10:45pm (live updates)
Wales v Uruguay, Kumamoto City, 9:15pm