Sport

Wallabies facing "pool of death” for World Cup

The Wallabies could get a tough group for the World Cup in 2019.
The Wallabies could get a tough group for the World Cup in 2019. DAVID ROWLAND

DESPITE the Wallabies' disastrous 2016, Australia has secured a top four seeding for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

South Africa and Argentina, however, lurk as potential "pool of death” groupmates for the Wallabies, with the latter sliding down to ninth in the latest World Rugby rankings.

Australia's top-four seeding means that Michael Cheika's team cannot be drawn alongside back to back world champions, New Zealand, Six Nations champions England or Ireland (who are the only side to have beaten the top three ranked nations in the past year).

The Wallabies didn't manage a win against New Zealand (0-3), England (0-4) or Ireland (0-1) in 2016.

Scotland, France, South Africa and Wales form the second band of pool sides, with 2015 semi-finalists Argentina slumping to the third tier in ninth position.

Fiji, Japan and Georgia round out the top 12.

Argentina's ninth-place seeding, therefore, means whoever is grouped alongside Los Pumas will in effect be the group of death.

The pool draw for the 2019 World Cup, the first to be held in Asia, will take place in Kyoto, Japan, on May 10.

In 2015, Australia, England, Wales and Fiji formed a group of death, after Wales briefly slipped outside the top eight on the world rugby standings.

As history shows England became the first host nation to exit at the pool stage.

Australia, meanwhile, went undefeated through the pool stage, but stumbled at the final hurdle in the final to New Zealand going down 34-14 in the final at Twickenham.

Topics:  rugby world cup 2019 wallabies



The unique Gladstone region Anzac service people drive hours to see

The Turkey Beach Anzac Day march.

Support for Anzac Day brings tears to ceremony organiser's eyes.

'Pretty amazing': Boyne dawn service turnout surprises organisers

Boyne RSL sub-branch secretary Mike Robbins at the Stirling Park dawn service.

More than a thousand people wake early for Boyne's dawn service.

Second body found after tragic fishing accident

 A boat has been pulled out of the water at Baffle Creek. 
Photo: Tracy Olive

Search continues for missing woman lost in a boat

Local Partners

Madonna biopic in the works

MADONNA’S life as a rising pop star in New York in the early 1980s is set to be documented in a new biopic titled Blonde Ambition

Billionaire Elon Musk and Amber Heard hit Shingle Inn

Amber Heard and Elon Musk enjoy a bite to eat at the Shingle Inn, Broadbeach.

Actor Amber Heard and billionaire Elon Musk are enjoying Qld

New Netflix doco on JonBenet Ramsay's death makes huge claim

A new documentary will air claims that child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsay was murdered by a paedo sex ring.

New claims that JonBenet Ramsay was killed by a paedophile sex ring

Movie review: Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol. 2 delivers on all fronts

Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Drax (Dave Bautista) in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.

Does Guardians Vol. 2 live up to high expectations set by original?

Sir Elton John hospitalised with rare infection

CROCODILE ROCKER: Sir Elton John will head to Mackay in September for the first stop of his Australian tour.

Elton John cancels shows after becoming violently ill.

Sunshine Coast singers out to turn chairs on The Voice

NEXT BIG THING? Tune in to see Glasshouse Mountains folk artist Benjamin James Caldwell on The Voice.

Do our Coast folk singers have what it takes to turn judges' chairs?

Former Glee star Lea Michele posts nude selfie to Instagram

Former Glee star Lea Michele has posted a very revealing snapshot

Lisa Curry and fiance sell up Sunshine Coast property

I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here! contestant Lisa Curry with partner Mark Tabone after being evicted from the South African jungle. Picture: Dylan Robinson ***EMBARGOED 7:30pm March 9th***

Plans for dream home on hold at Mount Mellum place on market

Stunning Gladstone region homes for sale under $1 million

BARGAIN BUYS: Ocean views, 300sqm+ floor plans and in-ground pools are available in the Gladstone region for under $1 million due to the downturn.

You don't need to be a millionaire to be in the running.

SOLD: Iconic M'boro pub set to be transformed

Shane Muller from Maryborough Motorcycles will be opening up a showroom and café at the Shamrock Hotel.

The Shamrock Hotel is set to be transformed in the next two months.

BARGAIN BUY: $30K for 'rare' Gladstone region land

RARE CHANCE: There are blocks being auctioned off in Ubobo this weekend.

'Rare' vacant blocks in region selling for a bargain

A few home truths when purchasing

THINK AHEAD: Buying a property is likely to be one of the biggest financial commitments most people will make in their life.

Buying your first property can be exciting but also quite daunting.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!