RWC 2019 draw to be held later?

Date published: August 19 2015

The draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held closer to the tournament to avoid another 'Pool of Death', according to World Rugby boss Brett Gosper.

Hosts England were pooled with Australia and Wales when the draw was made for the 2015 tournament all the way back in December 2012.

The top four ranked sides in the world are first seeds in each of the Rugby World Cup pools to avoid any blockbuster clashes too early on, but going into the 2015 tournament Australia (3rd) are in the same group with England (4th).

Gosper stated that ideally the draw would be made later so that the seedings were more accurate by the time the next tournament in Japan takes place.

“We’re going to review what the ideal timing is,” Gosper told The Guardian.

“We would endeavour to make it a bit later but nothing’s been decided at this point.

"You want it to be a true reflection, I guess, of the position at the time of the tournament. We’ll look at that next time to see if it’s possible to make the draw closer to the tournament.”