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Draw for World Cup finalised

After the final qualification match between Japan and Hong Kong we now know the pools for next year’s World Cup.

The pools for next year’s World Cup will be:

A: Canada, New Zealand, Wales and Hong Kong

B: England, United States, Italy, Spain

C: France, Ireland, Australia, Japan

Assuming the schedule of games follow the seedings, the matches should be:

9th August

Result of last match

All results to end of 2016

Pool A
Canada v Hong Kong
New Zealand v Wales


No previous game
N Zealand 63 Wales 7 (2014)


No previous game
New Zealand 3 wins, Wales 0

Pool B
England v Spain
United States v Italy


England 45 Spain 5 (2014)
Italy 20 USA 34 (2012)


England 13 wins, Spain 1, 1 draw
United States 1 win, Italy 0

Pool C
France v Japan
Ireland v Australia


France 99 Japan 0 (1994)
Ireland 14 Australia 18 (2006)


France 2 wins, Japan 0
Australia 2 wins, Ireland 0

13th August

Result of last match

All results to end of 2016

Pool A
Canada v Wales
New Zealand v Hong Kong


Wales 3 Canada 25 (2007)
No previous game


Canada 4 wins, Wales 2, 2 draws
No previous game

Pool B
England v Italy
United States v Spain


Italy 24 England 33 (2016)
Spain 5 USA 23 (2002)


England 15 wins, Italy 0
USA 2 wins, Spain 0

Pool C
France v Australia
Ireland v Japan


France 17 Australia 3 (2014)
Ireland 55 Japan 0 (2004)


France 3 wins, Australia 1
Ireland 2 wins, Japan 1

17th August

Result of last match

All results to end of 2016

Pool A
Canada v New Zealand
Wales v Hong Kong


Canada 10 N Zealnd 20 (2016)
No previous game


New Zealand 12 wins, Canada 0
No previous game

Pool B
England v United States
Italy v Spain


USA 13 England 39 (2016)
Spain 38 Italy 7 (2013)


England 14 wins, USA 1
Spain 9 wins, Italy 3

Pool C
France v Ireland
Australia v Japan


France 18 Ireland 6 (2016)
No previous game


France 17 wins, Ireland 2, 1 draw
No previous game

22nd August: Semi-finals and classification matches

26th August: Final and classification matches

Other notable facts:

  • Hong Kong will be playing in their first World Cup
  • Japan will be playing in their first World Cup since 2002, having also played in 1991 and 1994
  • Italy will also be playing in their first World Cup since 2002, having also played in 1991 and 1998
  • Kazakhstan are missing from the World Cup for the first time since they became an independent country
  • Asia have two countries in the tournament for the first time since 2002
  • Only 18 countries entered the World Cup, the lowest entry since a formal qualification process was first introduced before the 2010 tournament. All World Cups before 2010 were broadly invitational events.