2019 Rugby World Cup Pool Draw

May 10, 2017 18:00 - 20:30


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World Rugby and the Japan 2019 Organising Committee have confirmed that the RWC 2019 pool allocation draw will take place on 10 May 2017. Join us and the ANZCCJ for our next Global Sporting Event at the Roppongi Hills Club, which occupies the entire 51st floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower and boasts superb views overlooking the city of Tokyo.

As with past Rugby World Cups, the draw is expected to spark excitement and momentum both in Japan and throughout the global rugby community as the event marks the start of planning by teams and fans for the Rugby World Cup 2019 experience.

The results of the pool allocation will also play a large role for business services such as hospitality, ticketing, tours and travel. Which games will generate the most excitement and therefore the largest crowds? How will lower interest games be received in large metropolitan areas, and what opportunities can they bring?

The BCCJ will host a recorded screening of  the pool draw followed by an analysis by an expert panel on the allocation, teams, and opportunities.

***Air New Zealand has generously donated two return air tickets from Tokyo to Auckland as a door prize so be sure to bring your business card for the draw!***

The Panel

  • David MacCallum, Commercial Director - Asia, STH Group

Exclusive global rights holder for accommodation bank, travel and hospitality programmes for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

STH were also the global rights holder for the official hospitality and travel programmes for Rugby World Cup 2007, 2011 and 2015 and successfully developed, sold and operated the official hospitality programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

CSM Sports & Entertainment are global leaders in the business of sport and entertainment.  They are active in every major sport and mega-events, including Rugby World Cup and Olympics, through world-class services from strategy to execution.

  • Yuji Honda, Head of Strategy and Legacy, RWC 2019 Organising Committee

The panel will be moderated by Julianne Merriman, Trade Commissioner, Austrade Tokyo


About the pool allocation draw

Rugby World Cup 2019 will host 20 teams which will be allocated into four pools of five teams each. The 12 direct qualifiers from RWC 2015 are: the winners, New Zealand; the runners-up, Australia; losing semi-finalists, South Africa and Argentina; losing quarter-finalists, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France; plus England, Japan, Georgia and Italy, who finished third in their respective pools.

The directly qualified teams will be allocated into the top three bands as follows:

Band 1: The four highest-ranked teams (1-4 in World Rugby Rankings)

Band 2: The next four highest-ranked teams (5-8 in World Rugby Rankings)

Band 3: The final four teams

The remaining eight qualifying places will be allocated into the other two bands (4 and 5). These will also be drawn randomly across the pools.

To learn more about the pool draw and for updates, visit the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 website.

BCCJ global sporting events mission: "The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan supports the interests of its members, along with the organisers of the 2019 Rugby World Cup 2019, and the 2020 Olympics & Paralympics, to achieve the best possible organisation, business and community results before, during and after the events." 



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Cancellation policy: Paid reservation by 2 May, 12:00, after which there can be no refunds on cancellations. No-shows will be charged.  We cannot accept cash at the door.

Dietary requirements: Buffet dinner and drinks inlcuded. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary requests.


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Venue Information

Roppongi Hills Club, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 51F
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Member Cost: ¥7,500

Non-Members Cost: ¥10,000