RWC 2019 pool draw to change bookies' minds?

2017-05-09 12:03
Webb Ellis Cup (File)

Cape Town - No surprise that the world No 1-ranked All Blacks have been installed as overwhelming favourites for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Steve Hansen's New Zealanders will be searching for a hat-trick of Webb Ellis Cup triumphs - and a fourth title overall - in the tournament which kicks off in 2 years, 4 months and 11 days from now.

Tournament chances for those title contenders will certainly rise and fall between now and then, starting with Wednesday's pool draw.

At 10:00 SA time on Wednesday, the 12 confirmed teams will learn their fate in the draw to be conducted in Kyoto.

New Zealand, England, Australia and Ireland will each head one of the four pools.

From Band 2 will come Scotland, Wales, South Africa and France, while Argentina, Japan, Georgia and Italy make up Band 3.

The remaining 8 teams will be deciding following the completion of various qualifiers in Oceania, Europe and the Americas.

Leading SA bookmakers Sportingbet have the All Blacks as 11/10 favourites, followed by England at 4/1 and Australia at 7/1.

The Springboks can be backed at 9/1, with Ireland on offer at 14/1.

France (20/1) and Argentina and Wales (both 20/1) represent the last of the likely title challengers.

Read more on:    rwc 2019  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 10 June 2017
South Africa v France, Loftus Versfeld 17:00
Saturday, 17 June 2017
South Africa v France, Growthpoint Kings Park 17:00
Saturday, 24 June 2017
South Africa v France, Emirates Airlines Park 17:00
Saturday, 19 August 2017
South Africa v Argentina, Port Elizabeth 17:00
Saturday, 26 August 2017
Argentina v South Africa, Salta 12:00
Saturday, 09 September 2017
Australia v South Africa, Perth 12:00

Which player in the 31-man Springbok squad to face France can consider himself most fortunate?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership nearing its conclusion, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Bidvest Wits hold them off? A bridge too far for new boys Cape Town City FC? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.