Countries competing in the pool (IRB ranking in brackets):
South Africa (3)
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