At 9am tomorrow morning (UK time) the draw for the 2019 World Cup takes place in Kyoto, Japan.
I won’t bang on about how stupid it is to have this so far out from the actual competition – although I probably just did.
The bands, based on current rankings are as follows –
Band One: New Zealand, England, Australia, Ireland
Band Two: Scotland, Wales, South Africa, France
Band Three: Argentina, Japan, Georgia, Italy
Band Four: Oceania 1, Americas 1, Europe 1, Africa 1
Band Five: Oceania 2, Americas 2, play-off winner (between Europe 2 and Oceania 3), repechage winner
Inevitably there will be a ‘Group of Death’ where one top side will be eliminated before the knockout stage. In 2015 it was Pool A – Australia, Wales and England – and we all know how well that turned out.
This time it will be the pool that has the Pumas in – one of the semi-finalists in 2015.
I hope it’s one of the others in Band 1 that gets Argentina.
This time tomorrow we will know the make-up of the pools – and there’s still 864 days before the start!
You can watch it live here –