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Friday 23 February, 2018
Important Information For Non-Attending Media Wanting To Cover Rwc 2019 Pool Draw

Important Information For Non-Attending Media Wanting To Cover Rwc 2019 Pool Draw

Even if you are not in Kyoto for the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw on Wednesday (10 May), you can receive all the information you will need to cover the event.

All footage from the event's host broadcaster (J Sport) and images from the official photographer (Getty) will be available on a rights-free basis for editorial purposes to all media. Details of how to access that content are outlined below.

Please note all times given here are the local times in Kyoto, Japan (BST +8 hours).

The following representatives from the 12 qualified teams will be in attendance (head coaches unless specified):

  • Argentina – Daniel Hourcade
  • Australia – Michael Cheika
  • England – Eddie Jones
  • France – Guy Novès
  • Georgia – Milton Haig
  • Ireland – Joe Schmidt
  • Italy – Conor O'Shea
  • Japan – Jamie Joseph
  • New Zealand – Steve Hansen
  • Scotland – Scott Johnson (SRU Director of Performance)
  • South Africa – Allister Coetzee
  • Wales – Warren Gatland

The Webb Ellis Cup will arrive at approximately 15.00. The cup will be officially handed over from defending champions New Zealand (Steve Hansen) to World Rugby (Chairman Bill Beaumont) and on to the local organisers (Japan Rugby 2019 Chairman Fujio Mitarai).

The team representatives will arrive at the venue at approximately 16.00.

Both these arrival activities will be captured by the host broadcaster and official photographer.

The draw itself will begin at 17.00. It will be streamed live on all World Rugby's digital platforms, including, Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube. It will not be geo-blocked in any region. It will also be taken live by a number of broadcasters around the world, including ESPN Sur, SuperSport, J Sports, NTV and NHK. In addition, broadcasters confirmed to show highlights and news features include ITV (UK), Sky Sports News (UK), Sky Italia, NBC (USA), CNN, EBU, SNTV, AFP, Reuters TV.

The draw will be hosted by Alex Payne and Selina Sugiyama and will feature the following people, who will help to draw the teams into the pools:

  • Bill Beaumont (World Rugby Chairman and World Rugby Hall of Famer)
  • Steve Hansen (head coach of defending champions New Zealand)
  • Saori Yoshida (champion wrestler and one of Japan's greatest Olympians)
  • Yoshihiro Sakata (Japan rugby legend and World Rugby Hall of Famer)

A five-minute video news release will be available within one hour of the draw's conclusion (details below).

After the draw, the 12 coaches will take part in interviews for broadcast and the written media. All press conferences will be filmed by the host broadcaster and will be made available via World Rugby's ftp platform (details below). World Rugby Chairman, Vice-Chairman and CEO will also hold a press conference after the draw.

To access rights-free images via Getty go to: (no log-in needed)
To access rights-free footage of the event via the Signiant platform go to:
Username:; Password: Japan2019!

The footage on this platform will be HD, PAL. Japanese language news access can be obtained through the Sports News Association, which is being managed by Fuji TV. Those packages will be in HD, NTSC.

Please note that images and footage from the event are for editorial purposes only. There must be no commercialisation, either stated or implied, of Rugby World Cup or the pool draw event.

Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan will comprise 20 teams allocated into four pools of five teams. The 12 directly qualified teams from Rugby World Cup 2015 will be seeded based on the World Rugby Rankings at 12.00 on Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 and positioned into three bands of four teams.

The 12 directly qualified teams are those that finished in the top three of each RWC 2015 pool and are (in each relevant band):

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

Find out more details of the regional qualification process HERE.

The timing of the draw two years out from Rugby World Cup 2019 enables Japan Rugby 2019 to develop the match schedule in association with all stakeholders and provide teams with an appropriate lead-in time to maximise planning and preparation.

Fans can sign-up to the Rugby World Cup Supporters' Club HERE.


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