Pool C of the 2019 Rugby World Cup began on 21 September 2019. The pool included previous World Cup hosts England and France, as well as the fourth-placed team from 2015, Argentina. They were joined by regional qualifiers from the Americas, United States (Americas 1), and Oceania, Tonga (Oceania 2), to become the first completed table ahead of the World Cup.

England and France both went unbeaten in their first three matches to guarantee qualification for the knockout stage, but their final match against each other was cancelled due to the effects of Typhoon Hagibis. England had earned a bonus point in all three of their matches, while France had just one, so England went through to the quarter-finals as pool winners. With bonus point victories against Tonga and the United States, Argentina claimed third place and the final automatic qualification spot for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, while Tonga's win over the United States in the final pool match saw them finish fourth.

Overview

Pool C's opening match saw Argentina come back from a 17-point half-time deficit against France at Tokyo Stadium, only for France's Camille Lopez to score a game-winning drop goal in the 70th minute.[1] In Sapporo, two tries from Manu Tuilagi helped England to a bonus-point victory over Tonga.[2] England followed that up with a 38-point victory over the United States, with Joe Cokanasiga scoring two tries in the victory; however, the match was soured by the first red card of the tournament, shown to the United States' John Quill for a shoulder charge to the head of England's Owen Farrell.[3] Argentina bounced back from their defeat by France with a 28–12 victory over Tonga in Higashiōsaka; all of Argentina's scoring happened in the first 28 minutes, including a hat-trick from Julián Montoya as they raced to a 28-point lead before Tonga brought the margin back to 16 with two tries of their own.[4] After Typhoon Mitag almost cancelled the match,[5] the French were inconsistent with errors keeping the United States in the match before three late tries in the second half would secure a 33–9 win in Fukuoka.[6]

In Chōfu, England qualified for the quarter-finals with a 39–10 victory over Argentina with Argentinean player Tomás Lavanini being shown a red card, which forced Argentina down to 14 men as he was forced off due to a high tackle on Owen Farrell's head.[7] France would later join them in qualifying for the knockout stage with a two-point victory over Tonga at Kumamoto Stadium. After conceding the first 17 points of the match, Tonga came back into the match with tries from Sonatane Takulua and Mali Hingano to close the gap to only three points before Romain Ntamack gave the cushion that France needed with two penalties in eight minutes giving France the victory.[8] Argentina would become the first team to finish their matches of the 2019 World Cup, with a 47–17 victory over the United States in Kumagaya. Joaquín Tuculet and Juan Cruz Mallia each scored two tries in the meeting, their first since 2003.[9] After the England–France game was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis,[10] Tonga ended their World Cup campaign with a 31–19 victory over the United States. This was due to the Tongan's using their opportunities with them converting into tries and despite the United States being within striking range with three minutes to go, Telusa Veainu converted the match-winning try and a bonus-point victory for Tonga.[11] At the end of the pool stage, it was England winning the group with France finishing in second place.

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
 England 4 3 1 0 17 119 20 +99 3 17
 France 4 3 1 0 9 79 51 +28 1 15
 Argentina 4 2 0 2 14 106 91 +15 3 11
 Tonga 4 1 0 3 9 67 105 −38 2 6
 United States 4 0 0 4 7 52 156 −104 0 0


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

France vs Argentina

21 September 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
France  23–21  Argentina (1 BP)
Try: Fickou 18' c
Dupont 22' c
Con: Ntamack (2/2) 19', 23'
Pen: Ntamack (2/3) 30', 40+1'
Drop: Lopez (1/1) 70'
Report Try: Petti Pagadizábal 42' c
Montoya 54' m
Con: Sánchez (1/2) 43'
Pen: Sánchez (1/1) 15'
Urdapilleta (2/2) 61', 69'
Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
Attendance: 40,004
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
France
Argentina
FB 15 Maxime Médard Substituted off 61'
RW 14 Damian Penaud Substituted off 68'
OC 13 Virimi Vakatawa
IC 12 Gaël Fickou
LW 11 Yoann Huget
FH 10 Romain Ntamack
SH 9 Antoine Dupont Substituted off 73'
N8 8 Gregory Alldritt Substituted off 61'
OF 7 Charles Ollivon
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina
LL 4 Arthur Iturria Substituted off 55'
TP 3 Rabah Slimani Substituted off 47'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c) Substituted off 47'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot Substituted off 68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Camille Chat Substituted in 47'
PR 17 Cyril Baille Substituted in 68'
PR 18 Demba Bamba Substituted in 47'
FL 19 Bernard Le Roux Substituted in 55'
N8 20 Louis Picamoles Substituted in 61'
SH 21 Maxime Machenaud Substituted in 73'
FH 22 Camille Lopez Substituted in 68'
FB 23 Thomas Ramos Substituted in 61'
Coach:
France Jacques Brunel
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FB 15 Emiliano Boffelli
RW 14 Matías Moroni
OC 13 Matías Orlando
IC 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente
LW 11 Ramiro Moyano Substituted off 47'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez Substituted off 57'
SH 9 Tomás Cubelli
N8 8 Javier Ortega Desio Substituted off 61'
OF 7 Marcos Kremer
BF 6 Pablo Matera (c)
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini Substituted off 64'
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal
TP 3 Juan Figallo Substituted off 52'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy Substituted off 52'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 52'
PR 17 Mayco Vivas Substituted in 64'
PR 18 Santiago Medrano Substituted in 52'
LK 19 Matías Alemanno Substituted in 64'
FL 20 Tomás Lezana Substituted in 61'
SH 21 Felipe Ezcurra
FH 22 Benjamín Urdapilleta Substituted in 57'
FB 23 Santiago Carreras Substituted in 47'
Coach:
Argentina Mario Ledesma

Player of the Match:
Gaël Fickou (France)

Assistant referees:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes: