Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup began on 20 September 2019. The pool included hosts Japan, and previous 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finalists Ireland and Scotland. They were joined by the European qualifier, Russia, and Samoa, the winner of the European-Oceania Cross-Regional play-off.

Japan won all four of their matches, including surprise victories over both Ireland and Scotland, to finish top of the pool and become the first Asian nation to reach a Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Ireland picked up a bonus point in each of their matches, and their victory over Scotland in their opening pool match proved the difference between the two sides in the hunt for second place. Samoa finished in fourth place, their only win coming against bottom-placed Russia.

Overview

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup was played in Pool A with Japan scoring a 30–10 win over Russia. Kotaro Matsushima became the first Japanese player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup. For the Russian side, Kirill Golosnitsky scored the first try of the tournament after four minutes – the fastest try ever scored in the opening match of a World Cup.[1] Two days later, Ireland defeated Scotland 27–3.[2] On 24 September, Samoa played their first match against Russia in Kumagaya. Despite Samoa's being reduced to 13 men after Rey Lee-Lo and Motu Matu'u were sin-binned within two minutes of each other, Russia could not capitalise on their advantage and Samoa went on to win 34–9.[3] Four days later, hosts Japan defeated Ireland 19–12 in what Japan Today called the biggest upset of the tournament. Kenki Fukuoka scored a try in the 58th minute to give Japan a two-point lead after Ireland's Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney had scored the opening two tries. Yu Tamura's conversion and fourth successful penalty kick sealed the result for Japan.[4] Scotland recorded their first victory of the World Cup with a 34–0 whitewash victory over Samoa in muggy conditions in Kobe, with Samoan captain Jack Lam stating that the rugby ball was "a bar of soap."[5]

Three days later, Kobe Misaki Stadium held another match in Pool A – this time it was Ireland, who would whitewash their opponents (Russia) in a 35–0 victory with five different players getting tries for the Irish. The Irish though, did not have everything go right with Jordi Murphy being subbed off in the 27th minute due to a possible rib injury, which added to the Irish back row pain after losing Jack Conan earlier in the tournament.[6] Japan recorded their third victory over Samoa in Toyota with a 85th minute try from Kotaro Matsushima sealing the Japanese a 38–19 bonus point victory.[7] Russia in the final match of the tournament was hammered by Scotland 61–0 with George Horne scoring a hat-trick as the Scots became the first team in World Cup history to not concede a point from two World Cup matches.[8] A red card to Bundee Aki in the 29th minute forced Ireland to go down to 14 men but that was the only blemish with Ireland winning 47–5 over Samoa in Fukuoka. Johnny Sexton scoring two tries for the Irish.[9] Typhoon Hagibis saw the Japan–Scotland match under threat with the Scottish Rugby Union demanding legal action if it was cancelled.[10] But after an inspection deemed the match to go ahead,[11] Japan held their nerve against a fast-finishing Scotland to take home a 28–21 victory with Kenki Fukuoka scoring two tries. The win saw Japan become the first Tier 2 team to qualify since 2007, as they topped the group while Ireland finished in second place.[12]

Standings

Key to colours in pool tables
Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup
Eliminated but qualified for 2023 Rugby World Cup
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Japan 4 4 0 0 13 115 62 +53 3 19
 Ireland 4 3 0 1 18 121 27 +94 4 16
 Scotland 4 2 0 2 16 119 55 +64 3 11
 Samoa 4 1 0 3 8 58 128 –70 1 5
 Russia 4 0 0 4 1 19 160 –141 0 0


All times are local Japan Standard Time (UTC+09)

Japan vs Russia

20 September 2019
19:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Japan  30–10  Russia
Try: Matsushima (3) 12' m, 39' c, 69' c
Labuschagné 47' m
Con: Tamura (1/3) 40'
Matsuda (1/1) 71'
Pen: Tamura (2/2) 44', 64'
Report Try: Golosnitski 5' c
Con: Kushnarev (1/1) 6'
Pen: Kushnarev (1/1) 61'
Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
Attendance: 45,745
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Japan
Russia
FB 15 Will Tupou Substituted off 71'
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Timothy Lafaele
IC 12 Ryoto Nakamura
LW 11 Lomano Lemeki
FH 10 Yu Tamura Substituted off 67'
SH 9 Yutaka Nagare Substituted off 61'
N8 8 Kazuki Himeno
OF 7 Lappies Labuschagné
BF 6 Michael Leitch (c) Substituted off 71'
RL 5 James Moore
LL 4 Wimpie van der Walt Substituted off 61'
TP 3 Asaeli Ai Valu Substituted off 55'
HK 2 Shota Horie Substituted off 75'
LP 1 Keita Inagaki Substituted off 55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Atsushi Sakate Substituted in 75'
PR 17 Isileli Nakajima Substituted in 55'
PR 18 Koo Ji-won Substituted in 55'
LK 19 Luke Thompson Substituted in 60'
FL 20 Hendrik Tui Substituted in 71'
SH 21 Fumiaki Tanaka Substituted in 61'
FH 22 Rikiya Matsuda Substituted in 67'
FB 23 Ryohei Yamanaka Substituted in 71'
Coach:
New Zealand Jamie Joseph
Japan vs Russia 2019-09-20.svg
FB 15 Vasily Artemyev (c)
RW 14 German Davydov
OC 13 Vladimir Ostroushko
IC 12 Dmitry Gerasimov Substituted off 68'
LW 11 Kirill Golosnitsky
FH 10 Yuri Kushnarev Substituted off 65'
SH 9 Vasily Dorofeev Substituted off 33' Substituted in 42' Substituted off 74'
N8 8 Nikita Vavilin
OF 7 Tagir Gadzhiev
BF 6 Vitaly Zhivatov Substituted off 65'
RL 5 Bogdan Fedotko Substituted off 61'
LL 4 Andrei Ostrikov
TP 3 Kirill Gotovtsev Substituted off 68'
HK 2 Stanislav Sel'skiy Substituted off 65'
LP 1 Valery Morozov Substituted off 65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Evgeny Matveev Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Andrei Polivalov Substituted in 65'
PR 18 Azamat Bitiev Substituted in 68'
LK 19 Andrey Garbuzov Substituted in 62'
FL 20 Anton Sychev Substituted in 65'
SH 21 Dmitry Perov Substituted in 33' Substituted off 42' Substituted in 74'
FH 22 Ramil Gaisin Substituted in 65'
WG 23 Vladislav Sozonov Substituted in 68'
Coach:
Wales Lyn Jones

Player of the Match:
Kotaro Matsushima (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Nic Berry (Australia)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • This was the first Rugby World Cup opener not to feature a Tier 1 nation.
  • Kotaro Matsushima (Japan) became the first Japanese player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup, and the first player to score one in a Rugby World Cup opener.
  • Russia's try was the fastest to be scored in an opening match of a Rugby World Cup.

Ireland vs Scotland

22 September 2019
16:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Ireland  27–3  Scotland
Try: Ja. Ryan 6' c
Best 14' m
Furlong 25' c
Conway 56' m
Con: Sexton (1/2) 8'
Murray (1/2) 27'
Pen: Carty (1/1) 68'
Report Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 21'
Ireland
Scotland
FB 15 Jordan Larmour
RW 14 Andrew Conway
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Bundee Aki Substituted off 21'
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton Substituted off 58'
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 58'
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Josh van der Flier Sent to blood bin 14' to 22' Substituted off 74'
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony Substituted off 27'
RL 5 James Ryan
LL 4 Iain Henderson Substituted off 58'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong Substituted off 50'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Niall Scannell Substituted in 74'
PR 17 David Kilcoyne Substituted in 50'
PR 18 Andrew Porter Substituted in 50'
LK 19 Tadhg Beirne Temporarily suspended from 70' to 80' 70' to 80' Substituted in 58'
FL 20 Jack Conan Substituted in 14' Substituted off 22' Substituted in 27'
SH 21 Luke McGrath Substituted in 58'
FH 22 Jack Carty Substituted in 58'
CE 23 Chris Farrell Substituted in 21'
Coach:
New Zealand Joe Schmidt
Ireland vs Scotland 2019-09-22.svg
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour Substituted off 58'
OC 13 Duncan Taylor Substituted off 65'
IC 12 Sam Johnson
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw Substituted off 62'
N8 8 Ryan Wilson
OF 7 Hamish Watson Substituted off 38'
BF 6 John Barclay Substituted off 53'
RL 5 Jonny Gray Substituted off 65'
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist
TP 3 WP Nel Substituted off 53'
HK 2 Stuart McInally (c)
LP 1 Allan Dell Substituted off 62'
Replacements:
HK 16 Fraser Brown Substituted in 38'
PR 17 Gordon Reid Substituted in 62'
PR 18 Simon Berghan Substituted in 53'
LK 19 Scott Cummings Substituted in 65'
FL 20 Blade Thomson Substituted in 53'
SH 21 Ali Price Substituted in 62'
CE 22 Chris Harris Substituted in 65'
WG 23 Darcy Graham Substituted in 58'
Coach:
Scotland Gregor Townsend

Player of the Match:
CJ Stander (Ireland)

Assistant referees:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • This was the first meeting between the two nations at a neutral venue.

Russia vs Samoa

24 September 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
Russia  9–34  Samoa (1 BP)
Pen: Kushnarev (2/2) 19', 26'
Drop: Kushnarev (1/1) 48'
Report Try: Leiua (2) 16' m, 80' m
Amosa 45' m
Fidow (2) 49' c, 53' c
Lee-Lo 63' m
Con: Pisi (2/5) 50', 54'
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
Attendance: 22,564
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Russia
Samoa
FB 15 Vasily Artemyev (c)
RW 14 German Davydov
OC 13 Vladimir Ostroushko
IC 12 Dmitry Gerasimov Substituted off 65'
LW 11 Kirill Golosnitsky
FH 10 Yuri Kushnarev Substituted off 55'
SH 9 Vasily Dorofeev Substituted off 55'
N8 8 Nikita Vavilin Substituted off 65'
OF 7 Tagir Gadzhiev
BF 6 Vitaly Zhivatov
RL 5 Bogdan Fedotko
LL 4 Andrei Ostrikov Substituted off 65'
TP 3 Kirill Gotovtsev Temporarily suspended from 47' to 57' 47' to 57' Substituted off 71'
HK 2 Stanislav Sel'skiy Substituted off 57'
LP 1 Valery Morozov Substituted off 59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Evgeny Matveev Substituted in 57'
PR 17 Andrey Polivalov Substituted in 59'
PR 18 Azamat Bitiev Substituted in 71'
LK 19 Andrey Garbuzov Substituted in 65'
FL 20 Anton Sychev Substituted in 21'
SH 21 Dmitry Perov Substituted in 22'
FH 22 Ramil Gaisin Substituted in 55'
WG 23 Vladislav Sozonov Substituted in 65'
Coach:
Wales Lyn Jones
Russia vs Samoa 2019-09-24.svg
FB 15 Tim Nanai-Williams Substituted off 65'
RW 14 Alapati Leiua
OC 13 Rey Lee-Lo Temporarily suspended from 29' to 39' 29' to 39'
IC 12 Henry Taefu
LW 11 Ed Fidow
FH 10 Tusi Pisi Substituted off 65'
SH 9 Dwayne Polataivao Substituted off 40'
N8 8 Afa Amosa Substituted off 33' Substituted in 40' Substituted off 46'
OF 7 TJ Ioane
BF 6 Chris Vui (c)
RL 5 Kane Le'aupepe
LL 4 Filo Paulo Substituted off 65'
TP 3 Michael Alaalatoa Substituted off 55'
HK 2 Motu Matu'u Temporarily suspended from 31' to 40' 31' to 40' Substituted off 40'
LP 1 Logovi'i Mulipola Substituted off 51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ray Niuia Substituted in 33'
PR 17 Paul Alo-Emile Substituted in 55'
PR 18 Jordan Lay Substituted in 51'
LK 19 Senio Toleafoa Substituted in 65'
LK 20 Josh Tyrell Substituted in 46'
SH 21 Melani Matavao Substituted in 40'
FH 22 AJ Alatimu Substituted in 65'
FH 23 UJ Seuteni Substituted in 65'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Jackson

Player of the Match:
Alapati Leiua (Samoa)

Assistant referees:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • This was the first meeting between the two nations.
  • Ahsee Tuala was due to start the game, but was replaced with Henry Taefu following injury ahead of kick off.

Japan vs Ireland

28 September 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  19–12  Ireland (1 BP)
Try: Fukuoka 59' c
Con: Tamura (1/1) 61'
Pen: Tamura (4/6) 18', 34', 40', 72'
Report Try: Ringrose 14' m
Kearney 21' c
Con: Carty (1/2) 22'
Japan
Ireland
FB 15 Ryohei Yamanaka Substituted off 50'
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Timothy Lafaele
IC 12 Ryoto Nakamura
LW 11 Lomano Lemeki
FH 10 Yu Tamura
SH 9 Yutaka Nagare Substituted off 56'
N8 8 Amanaki Mafi Substituted off 31'
OF 7 Lappies Labuschagné (c)
BF 6 Kazuki Himeno
RL 5 James Moore
LL 4 Luke Thompson Substituted off 64'
TP 3 Koo Ji-won Substituted off 54'
HK 2 Shota Horie
LP 1 Keita Inagaki Substituted off 64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Atsushi Sakate
PR 17 Isileli Nakajima Substituted in 64'
PR 18 Asaeli Ai Valu Substituted in 54'
LK 19 Wimpie van der Walt Substituted in 64'
FL 20 Michael Leitch Substituted in 31'
SH 21 Fumiaki Tanaka Substituted in 57'
FH 22 Rikiya Matsuda
WG 23 Kenki Fukuoka Substituted in 50'
Coach:
New Zealand Jamie Joseph
Japan vs Ireland 2019-09-28.svg
FB 15 Rob Kearney Substituted off 68'
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Chris Farrell Substituted off 61'
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jack Carty Substituted off 61'
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Josh van der Flier
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony Substituted off 55'
RL 5 James Ryan
LL 4 Iain Henderson Substituted off 66'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong Substituted off 61'
HK 2 Rory Best (c) Substituted off 61'
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 46'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 61'
PR 17 David Kilcoyne Substituted in 46'
PR 18 Andrew Porter Substituted in 61'
LK 19 Tadhg Beirne Substituted in 66'
FL 20 Rhys Ruddock Substituted in 53'
SH 21 Luke McGrath Substituted in 66'
FH 22 Joey Carbery Substituted in 61'
FB 23 Jordan Larmour Substituted in 61'
Coach:
New Zealand Joe Schmidt

Player of the Match:
Shota Horie (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Will Tupou was due to start the game, but was replaced by Lomano Lemeki due to injury ahead of kick off.
  • Iain Henderson (Ireland) earned his 50th test cap.
  • This is Japan's first victory over Ireland.
  • This is Ireland's first Rugby World Cup pool stage loss since losing 30–15 to Argentina during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
  • This is Ireland's first loss to a Tier 2 nation since losing 40–25 to Samoa in 1996.
  • This is the first time that Ireland has failed to score any points in the second half of a match since their match against France in the 2016 Six Nations Championship.

Scotland vs Samoa

30 September 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Scotland  34–0  Samoa
Try: Maitland 30' c
Laidlaw 34' c
Penalty try (2) 57', 75'
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 31', 36'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 9'
Drop: Hogg (1/1) 38'
Report
Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 27,586
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Scotland
Samoa
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Darcy Graham
OC 13 Chris Harris
IC 12 Sam Johnson Substituted off 64'
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell Substituted off 75'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw Substituted off 64'
N8 8 Blade Thomson
OF 7 Jamie Ritchie
BF 6 Magnus Bradbury Substituted off 73'
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist Substituted off 52'
TP 3 WP Nel Substituted off 58'
HK 2 Stuart McInally (c) Substituted off 52'
LP 1 Allan Dell Substituted off 13'
Replacements:
HK 16 Fraser Brown Substituted in 52'
PR 17 Gordon Reid Substituted in 13'
PR 18 Zander Fagerson Substituted in 58'
LK 19 Scott Cummings Substituted in 52'
N8 20 Ryan Wilson Substituted in 73'
SH 21 George Horne Substituted in 64'
FH 22 Adam Hastings Substituted in 75'
CE 23 Duncan Taylor Substituted in 64'
Coach:
Scotland Gregor Townsend
Scotland vs Samoa 2019-09-30.svg
FB 15 Tim Nanai-Williams
RW 14 Belgium Tuatagaloa Substituted off 45'
OC 13 Alapati Leiua
IC 12 Henry Taefu
LW 11 Ed Fidow Yellow card 57' Yellow-red card 75'
FH 10 Tusi Pisi Substituted off 54'
SH 9 Melani Matavao Substituted off 71'
N8 8 Jack Lam (c) Substituted off 3' Substituted in 14'
OF 7 TJ Ioane Substituted off 66'
BF 6 Chris Vui
RL 5 Kane Le'aupepe
LL 4 Filo Paulo Substituted off 51' Substituted in 79'
TP 3 Michael Alaalatoa Substituted off 44'
HK 2 Ray Niuia Substituted off 54'
LP 1 Logovi'i Mulipola Substituted off 44'
Replacements:
HK 16 Seilala Lam Substituted in 54'
PR 17 Paul Alo-Emile Substituted in 47'
PR 18 Jordan Lay Substituted in 44'
FL 19 Piula Fa'asalele Substituted in 51' Substituted off 79'
LK 20 Josh Tyrell Substituted in 4' Substituted off 14' Substituted in 66'
SH 21 Pele Cowley Substituted in 71'
FH 22 UJ Seuteni Substituted in 54'
CE 23 Kieron Fonotia Substituted in 45'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Jackson

Player of the Match:
Jonny Gray (Scotland)

Assistant referees:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • This is the first time since beating Italy 29–0 in 2017 that Scotland have kept their opponents scoreless, and the first time ever against Samoa. The last time they did so at a Rugby World Cup was in 2007, when they beat Romania 42–0.
  • This is the first time that Samoa has failed to score any points in a Rugby World Cup match.

Ireland vs Russia

3 October 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Ireland  35–0  Russia
Try: Kearney 2' c
O'Mahony 13' c
Ruddock 35' c
Conway 62' c
Ringrose 76' c
Con: Sexton (3/3) 4', 15', 37'
Carty (2/2) 63', 77'
Report
Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 26,856
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Ireland
Russia
FB 15 Rob Kearney Substituted off 50'
RW 14 Andrew Conway
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton (c) Substituted off 40'
SH 9 Luke McGrath
N8 8 Jordi Murphy Substituted off 27'
OF 7 Peter O'Mahony
BF 6 Rhys Ruddock
RL 5 Jean Kleyn Substituted off 61'
LL 4 Tadhg Beirne
TP 3 John Ryan Substituted off 58'
HK 2 Niall Scannell Substituted off 58'
LP 1 David Kilcoyne Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 58'
PR 17 Andrew Porter Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Tadhg Furlong Substituted in 58'
LK 19 Iain Henderson Substituted in 61'
N8 20 CJ Stander Substituted in 27'
SH 21 Conor Murray
FH 22 Jack Carty Substituted in 40'
FB 23 Jordan Larmour Substituted in 50'
Coach:
New Zealand Joe Schmidt
Ireland vs Russia 2019-10-03.svg
FB 15 Vasily Artemyev (c)
RW 14 German Davydov
OC 13 Igor Galinovskiy
IC 12 Kirill Golosnitsky Substituted off 15'
LW 11 Denis Simplikevich Substituted off 71'
FH 10 Ramil Gaisin
SH 9 Dmitry Perov
N8 8 Victor Gresev
OF 7 Tagir Gadzhiev
BF 6 Anton Sychev Substituted off 70'
RL 5 Bogdan Fedotko Temporarily suspended from 34' to 45' 34' to 45' Substituted off 64'
LL 4 Andrey Garbuzov Substituted off 50'
TP 3 Kirill Gotovtsev Substituted off 68'
HK 2 Evgeny Matveev Substituted off 40'
LP 1 Andrey Polivalov Substituted off 40'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stanislav Sel'skiy Substituted in 40'
PR 17 Valery Morozov Substituted in 40'
PR 18 Vladimir Podrezov Substituted in 68'
LK 19 Andrei Ostrikov Temporarily suspended from 51' to 61' 51' to 61' Substituted in 50'
LK 20 Evgeny Elgin Substituted in 64'
FH 21 Sergey Yanyushkin Substituted in 71'
FL 22 Roman Khodin Substituted in 70'
CE 23 Vladimir Ostroushko Substituted in 15'
Coach:
Wales Lyn Jones

Player of the Match:
Rhys Ruddock (Ireland)

Assistant referees:
Mathieu Raynal (France)
Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

Japan vs Samoa

5 October 2019
19:30 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Japan  38–19  Samoa
Try: Lafaele 28' c
Himeno 53' c
Fukuoka 76' m
Matsushima 80+5' c
Con: Tamura (3/4) 29', 55', 80+7'
Pen: Tamura (4/5) 3', 8', 24', 51'
Report Try: Taefu 73' c
Con: Taefu (1/1) 74'
Pen: Taefu (4/5) 10', 15', 34', 45'
Japan
Samoa
FB 15 Ryohei Yamanaka Substituted off 57'
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Timothy Lafaele
IC 12 Ryoto Nakamura Substituted off 70'
LW 11 Lomano Lemeki
FH 10 Yu Tamura
SH 9 Yutaka Nagare Substituted off 63'
N8 8 Kazuki Himeno
OF 7 Lappies Labuschagné (c)
BF 6 Michael Leitch Substituted off 64'
RL 5 James Moore
LL 4 Wimpie van der Walt Substituted off 68'
TP 3 Koo Ji-won Substituted off 52'
HK 2 Atsushi Sakate Substituted off 40'
LP 1 Keita Inagaki Substituted off 52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Shota Horie Substituted in 40'
PR 17 Isileli Nakajima Substituted in 52'
PR 18 Asaeli Ai Valu Substituted in 52'
LK 19 Uwe Helu Substituted in 68'
FL 20 Hendrik Tui Substituted in 64'
SH 21 Fumiaki Tanaka Substituted in 63'
FH 22 Rikiya Matsuda Substituted in 70'
WG 23 Kenki Fukuoka Substituted in 57'
Coach:
New Zealand Jamie Joseph
Japan vs Samoa 2019-10-05.svg
FB 15 Tim Nanai-Williams Substituted off 40'
RW 14 Ahsee Tuala Substituted off 55'
OC 13 Alapati Leiua
IC 12 Henry Taefu
LW 11 Ed Fidow
FH 10 UJ Seuteni
SH 9 Dwayne Polataivao Substituted off 66'
N8 8 Jack Lam (c)
OF 7 TJ Ioane Temporarily suspended from 25' to 35' 25' to 35' Substituted off 70'
BF 6 Chris Vui
RL 5 Kane Le'aupepe
LL 4 Piula Fa'asalele Substituted off 61'
TP 3 Michael Alaalatoa Substituted off 56'
HK 2 Seilala Lam Substituted off 56'
LP 1 Jordan Lay Substituted off 66'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ray Niuia Substituted in 56'
PR 17 Paul Alo-Emile Substituted in 66'
PR 18 James Lay Substituted in 56'
LK 19 Senio Toleafoa Substituted in 61'
LK 20 Josh Tyrell Substituted in 70'
SH 21 Pele Cowley Substituted in 66'
FH 22 Tusi Pisi Substituted in 55'
CE 23 Kieron Fonotia Substituted in 40'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Jackson

Player of the Match:
Lomano Lemeki (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • Ben O'Keeffe was due to be part of the officiating team for this game, but swapped with Angus Gardner's appointment between England and Argentina.

Scotland vs Russia

9 October 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Scotland  61–0  Russia
Try: Hastings (2) 14' c, 18' c
G. Horne (3) 22' c, 45' c, 59' m
Turner 51' c
Seymour 56' c
Barclay 75' c
McInally 78' c
Con: Hastings (8/9) 15', 20', 24', 46', 53', 57', 76', 80'
Report
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
Attendance: 44,123
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Scotland
Russia
FB 15 Blair Kinghorn
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Duncan Taylor
IC 12 Peter Horne
LW 11 Darcy Graham Substituted off 47'
FH 10 Adam Hastings
SH 9 George Horne Substituted off 65'
N8 8 Ryan Wilson
OF 7 Fraser Brown Substituted off 31'
BF 6 John Barclay (c)
RL 5 Ben Toolis
LL 4 Scott Cummings Substituted off 61'
TP 3 Zander Fagerson Substituted off 40'
HK 2 George Turner Substituted off 65'
LP 1 Gordon Reid Substituted off 61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Simon Berghan Substituted in 40'
PR 18 W. P. Nel Substituted in 61'
LK 19 Grant Gilchrist Substituted in 61'
FL 20 Magnus Bradbury Substituted in 31'
FL 21 Jamie Ritchie
SH 22 Henry Pyrgos Substituted in 47'
CE 23 Chris Harris Substituted in 65'
Coach:
Scotland Gregor Townsend
Scotland vs Russia 2019-10-09.svg
FB 15 Vasily Artemyev (c) Substituted off 61'
RW 14 German Davydov
OC 13 Vladimir Ostroushko Substituted off 38' Substituted in 40'
IC 12 Dmitry Gerasimov
LW 11 Vladislav Sozonov
FH 10 Ramil Gaisin Substituted off 65'
SH 9 Dmitry Perov
N8 8 Nikita Vavilin Substituted off 58'
OF 7 Tagir Gadzhiev
BF 6 Vitaly Zhivatov
RL 5 Evgeny Elgin Substituted off 50'
LL 4 Andrei Ostrikov Substituted off 69'
TP 3 Kirill Gotovtsev Substituted off 61'
HK 2 Stanislav Sel'skiy Substituted off 61'
LP 1 Valery Morozov Substituted off 61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sergey Chernyshev Substituted in 61'
PR 17 Azamat Bitiev Substituted in 61'
PR 18 Vladimir Podrezov Substituted in 61'
LK 19 Bogdan Fedotko Substituted in 50'
LK 20 Andrey Garbuzov Substituted in 69'
FH 21 Sergey Yanyushkin Substituted in 65'
N8 22 Anton Sychev Substituted in 58'
FH 23 Yuri Kushnarev Substituted in 38' Substituted off 40' Substituted in 61'
Coach:
Wales Lyn Jones

Player of the Match:
Adam Hastings (Scotland)

Assistant referees:
Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

  • This is the first meeting between the two nations.
  • Vladimir Ostroushko (Russia) earned his 50th test cap.
  • Scotland became the first team to hold their opponents to nil points more than once in a single World Cup campaign.
  • Mathieu Raynal was due to referee this game but withdrew ahead of kick off due to illness – Wayne Barnes stepped up from assistant with Alexandre Ruiz covering the assistant role.

Ireland vs Samoa

12 October 2019
19:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Ireland  47–5  Samoa
Try: Best 4' c
Furlong 10' c
Sexton (2) 21' c, 39' m
Larmour 48' c
Stander 65' c
Conway 70' c
Con: Sexton (4/5) 5', 11', 23', 50
Carbery (2/2) 67', 72'
Report Try: J. Lam 26' m
Ireland
Samoa
FB 15 Jordan Larmour
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Robbie Henshaw Substituted off 62'
IC 12 Bundee Aki Red card 29'
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton Substituted off 51'
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 53'
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Josh van der Flier
BF 6 Tadhg Beirne Substituted off 60'
RL 5 James Ryan Substituted off 57'
LL 4 Iain Henderson
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong Substituted off 45'
HK 2 Rory Best (c) Substituted off 50'
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Niall Scannell Substituted in 50'
PR 17 David Kilcoyne Substituted in 57'
PR 18 Andrew Porter Substituted in 45'
LK 19 Jean Kleyn Substituted in 57'
FL 20 Peter O'Mahony Substituted in 60'
SH 21 Luke McGrath Substituted in 53'
FH 22 Joey Carbery Substituted in 51'
WG 23 Andrew Conway Substituted in 62'
Coach:
New Zealand Joe Schmidt
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FB 15 Tim Nanai-Williams
RW 14 Ahsee Tuala
OC 13 Alapati Leiua
IC 12 Henry Taefu
LW 11 Ed Fidow Substituted off 50'
FH 10 UJ Seuteni Substituted off 29'
SH 9 Dwayne Polataivao Substituted off 70'
N8 8 Jack Lam (c)
OF 7 TJ Ioane Temporarily suspended from 59' to 69' 59' to 69' Substituted off 70'
BF 6 Chris Vui
RL 5 Kane Le'aupepe
LL 4 Filo Paulo Substituted off 14' Substituted in 17' Substituted off 54'
TP 3 Michael Alaalatoa Substituted off 54'
HK 2 Seilala Lam Temporarily suspended from 6' to 17' 6' to 17' Substituted off 47'
LP 1 Logovi'i Mulipola Substituted off 47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ray Niuia Substituted in 14' Substituted off 17' Substituted in 47'
PR 17 Paul Alo-Emile Substituted in 47'
PR 18 Jordan Lay Substituted in 54'
FL 19 Piula Faʻasalele Substituted in 54'
LK 20 Josh Tyrell Substituted in 70'
SH 21 Pele Cowley Substituted in 70'
FH 22 Tusi Pisi Substituted in 29'
CE 23 Kieron Fonotia Substituted in 50'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Jackson

Player of the Match:
Jordan Larmour (Ireland)

Assistant referees:
Romain Poite (France)
Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Japan vs Scotland

13 October 2019
19:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Japan  28–21  Scotland (1 BP)
Try: Matsushima 18' c
Inagaki 26' c
Fukuoka (2) 40' c, 43' c
Con: Tamura (4/4) 20', 27', 40+2', 44'
Report Try: Russell 7' c
Nel 50' c
Fagerson 55' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 8', 51'
Russell (1/1) 56'
Japan
Scotland
FB 15 Will Tupou Substituted off 51'
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Timothy Lafaele
IC 12 Ryoto Nakamura Substituted off 75'
LW 11 Kenki Fukuoka
FH 10 Yu Tamura
SH 9 Yutaka Nagare Substituted off 51'
N8 8 Kazuki Himeno
OF 7 Lappies Labuschagné
BF 6 Michael Leitch (c) Substituted off 73'
RL 5 James Moore Substituted off 52'
LL 4 Luke Thompson
TP 3 Koo Ji-won Substituted off 22'
HK 2 Shota Horie Substituted off 73'
LP 1 Keita Inagaki Substituted off 57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Atsushi Sakate Substituted in 73'
PR 17 Isileli Nakajima Substituted in 57'
PR 18 Asaeli Ai Valu Substituted in 22'
LK 19 Uwe Helu Substituted in 52'
FL 20 Hendrik Tui Substituted in 73'
SH 21 Fumiaki Tanaka Substituted in 51'
FH 22 Rikiya Matsuda Substituted in 75'
FB 23 Ryohei Yamanaka Substituted in 51'
Coach:
New Zealand Jamie Joseph
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FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour Substituted off 52'
OC 13 Chris Harris
IC 12 Sam Johnson
LW 11 Darcy Graham Substituted off 60'
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c) Substituted off 52'
N8 8 Blade Thomson
OF 7 Jamie Ritchie
BF 6 Magnus Bradbury Substituted off 66'
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist Substituted off 52'
TP 3 WP Nel Substituted off 52'
HK 2 Fraser Brown Substituted off 52'
LP 1 Allan Dell Substituted off 52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally Substituted in 52'
PR 17 Gordon Reid Substituted in 52'
PR 18 Zander Fagerson Substituted in 52'
LK 19 Scott Cummings Substituted in 52'
N8 20 Ryan Wilson Substituted in 66'
SH 21 George Horne Substituted in 52'
CE 22 Peter Horne Substituted in 61'
FB 23 Blair Kinghorn Substituted in 52'
Coach:
Scotland Gregor Townsend

Player of the Match:
Kenki Fukuoka (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Mathieu Raynal (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

  • This was Scotland's 700th test match.
  • This was Japan's first win over Scotland.
  • This was the first time that a Tier 2 nation had defeated two Tier 1 nations in a single World Cup tournament.
  • With this win, Japan topped the pool and advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time – the first Asian side to do so.
  • Japan became the first Tier 2 nation since Fiji in 2007, and the fourth ever, to advance to the quarter-finals.
  • Japan became the first Tier 2 nation to top their pool and win all of their pool games.

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