Rugby World Cup: Pool B preview

Countries competing in the pool (IRB ranking in brackets):

Japan (13)
Samoa (12)
Scotland (10)
South Africa (3)
USA (15)

With the exception of South Africa, this looks to be a closely matched pool. I think that South Africa will qualify with ease and can’t see any of the other four teams challenging them effectively. I think that the key game will be between Scotland and Samoa, with the winners of that game qualifying behind South Africa. I also think that the game between Japan and USA will be an important one, with the winners of that game avoiding bottom spot in the group.

Predicted final table:

1. South Africa
2. Scotland
3. Samoa
4. Japan
5. USA

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