Rugby World Cup: Samoa

World ranking: 17th

Qualification: Intercontinental playoff

Best result: Quarter-finals 1991, 95

TAB odds: $501

Chances: This is a group that would have had Manu Samoa teams of old licking their lips with expectation. 

Given their contribution to the history of the World Cup, it's devastating to see how far they've fallen, only qualifying as one of the final teams in the draw. Don't hold your breath on another fairytale result.

Leading players:


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

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

October 5
Japan v Samoa, Toyota City, 11:30pm

October 12
Ireland v Samoa, Fukuoka City, 11:45pm