Pool D of the 2019 Rugby World Cup began on 21 September 2019. The pool included 2015 runners-up and quarter-finalists Australia and Wales. They were joined by Georgia, who automatically qualified for the first ever time. They were joined by regional qualifiers from the Americas, Uruguay (Americas 2), and Oceania, Fiji (Oceania 1).

Wales and Australia qualified for the quarter-finals, with Wales taking top spot in the pool courtesy of a 29–25 win over the Wallabies in the two sides' second match of the tournament. Fiji, Georgia and Uruguay each won one match, but three bonus points for Fiji meant they finished in third place and qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Overview

Pool D opened with Australia beating Fiji by 18 points in Sapporo after Fiji led by two points at half-time. Australia scored four tries in the second half for the bonus point.[1] Wales beat Georgia 43–14 at City of Toyota Stadium, after leading 29–0 at half-time and 22–0 after three tries in the first 19 minutes.[2] In Kamaishi, Fiji scored the opening try against Uruguay. Two mistakes within eight minutes gave Teros the lead before a try from Juan Manuel Cat enhanced it to 12 points at half-time. Three Fijian tries in the second half were to no avail as two penalty goals from Felipe Berchesi gave Uruguay their first win in a World Cup since 2003.[3] In Kumagaya on 29 September, Georgia recorded a 33–7 win over Uruguay. Dominant work by their forwards in the second half laid the foundation for the bonus-point victory.[4] Over in Chōfu, Dan Biggar scored the fastest drop goal in World Cup history as Wales led 23–8 at the half. Two second-half tries from Australia brought the scores to within a point but the Welsh held out for a 29–25 win.[5]

A second half performance from Fiji at a wet Hanazono Rugby Stadium saw the Fijians record their first win of their 2019 World Cup campaign as they won 45–10 over Georgia. This was partly due to Semi Radradra scoring two tries while also aiding in setting up three more tries as Fiji scored seven tries to one in the bonus-point victory.[6] Another slow start for the Australians in their game with Uruguay did not stop them from recording a win over the South Americans, with Tevita Kuridrani and Dane Haylett-Petty each getting two tries in the 35-point victory at Ōita Stadium.[7] Four days later at the same stadium, Fiji got off to a 10–0 lead with the tries coming from Josua Tuisova and Kini Murimurivalu within eight minutes. Fiji would hold their lead until the 31st minute when Josh Adams scored his second try of three for the match. Wales increased their lead from there to win 29–17, qualifying for the quarter-finals with Australia.[8] The penultimate match of Pool D saw Australia outlast a tough Georgia in difficult conditions in Fukuroi, as they won 27–8.[9] Wales would finish undefeated with a 35–13 win over Uruguay at Kumamoto Stadium to record a bonus-point victory and set up a quarter-final with France while Australia came in second.[10]

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
 Wales 4 4 0 0 17 136 69 +67 3 19
 Australia 4 3 0 1 20 136 68 +68 4 16
 Fiji 4 1 0 3 17 110 108 +2 3 7
 Georgia 4 1 0 3 9 65 122 −57 1 5
 Uruguay 4 1 0 3 6 60 140 −80 0 4

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

Australia vs Fiji

21 September 2019
13:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Australia  39–21  Fiji
Try: Hooper 18' c
Hodge 36' m
Latu (2) 57' m, 62' m
Kerevi 69' c
Koroibete 73' c
Con: Lealiifano (1/2) 19'
To'omua (2/3) 70', 74'
Pen: Hodge (1/1) 51'
Report Try: Yato 9' m
Nayacalevu 44' c
Con: Volavola (1/2) 46'
Pen: Volavola (3/3) 5', 23', 31'
Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
Attendance: 36,482
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Australia
Fiji
FB 15 Kurtley Beale Substituted off 70'
RW 14 Reece Hodge
OC 13 James O'Connor
IC 12 Samu Kerevi
LW 11 Marika Koroibete
FH 10 Christian Lealiifano Substituted off 59'
SH 9 Nic White Substituted off 52'
N8 8 Isi Naisarani Substituted off 57'
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
BF 6 David Pocock
RL 5 Rory Arnold Substituted off 68'
LL 4 Izack Rodda
TP 3 Allan Alaalatoa Substituted off 63'
HK 2 Tolu Latu Substituted off 63'
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jordan Uelese Substituted in 63'
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 63'
PR 18 Sekope Kepu Substituted in 63'
LK 19 Adam Coleman Substituted in 68'
FL 20 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto Substituted in 57'
SH 21 Will Genia Substituted in 52'
CE 22 Matt To'omua Substituted in 59'
FB 23 Dane Haylett-Petty Substituted in 70'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika
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FB 15 Kini Murimurivalu Substituted off 74'
RW 14 Josua Tuisova Substituted off 62'
OC 13 Waisea Nayacalevu
IC 12 Levani Botia Temporarily suspended from 61' to 71' 61' to 71'
LW 11 Semi Radradra
FH 10 Ben Volavola
SH 9 Frank Lomani Substituted off 71'
N8 8 Viliame Mata Substituted off 40'
OF 7 Peceli Yato Substituted off 25'
BF 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c)
RL 5 Leone Nakarawa
LL 4 Tevita Cavubati
TP 3 Peni Ravai Substituted off 57'
HK 2 Sam Matavesi Substituted off 74'
LP 1 Campese Ma'afu Substituted off 57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto Substituted in 74'
PR 17 Eroni Mawi Substituted in 57'
PR 18 Manasa Saulo Substituted in 57'
LK 19 Tevita Ratuva Substituted in 40'
FL 20 Mosese Voka Substituted in 25'
SH 21 Nikola Matawalu Substituted in 71'
FH 22 Alivereti Veitokani Substituted in 74'
WG 23 Vereniki Goneva Substituted in 63'
Coach:
New Zealand John McKee

Player of the Match:
Tolu Latu (Australia)

Assistant referees:
Luke Pearce (England)
Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Wales vs Georgia

23 September 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Wales  43–14  Georgia
Try: Jo. Davies 3' m
Tipuric 13' c
Adams 19' c
L. Williams 40' c
T. Williams 65' c
North 76' c
Con: Biggar (4/5) 14', 20', 40', 66'
Halfpenny (1/1) 77'
Pen: Biggar (1/1) 7'
Report Try: Mamukashvili 43' c
Chilachava 69' c
Con: Abzhandadze (2/2) 44', 70'
City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
Attendance: 35,546
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Wales
Georgia
FB 15 Liam Williams Substituted off 62'
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Josh Adams
FH 10 Dan Biggar Substituted off 67'
SH 9 Gareth Davies Substituted off 48'
N8 8 Josh Navidi
OF 7 Justin Tipuric
BF 6 Aaron Wainwright Substituted off 51'
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Jake Ball Substituted off 62'
TP 3 Tomas Francis Substituted off 47'
HK 2 Ken Owens Substituted off 56'
LP 1 Wyn Jones Substituted off 56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee Substituted in 56'
PR 17 Nicky Smith Substituted in 56'
PR 18 Dillon Lewis Substituted in 47'
FL 19 Aaron Shingler Substituted in 62'
N8 20 Ross Moriarty Substituted in 51'
SH 21 Tomos Williams Substituted in 48'
FH 22 Rhys Patchell Substituted in 67'
FB 23 Leigh Halfpenny Substituted in 62'
Coach:
New Zealand Warren Gatland
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FB 15 Soso Matiashvili Substituted off 77'
RW 14 Mirian Modebadze
OC 13 Davit Kacharava
IC 12 Tamaz Mchedlidze
LW 11 Giorgi Kveseladze
FH 10 Tedo Abzhandadze
SH 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze Substituted off 60'
N8 8 Beka Gorgadze Substituted off 60'
OF 7 Mamuka Gorgodze
BF 6 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili Substituted off 55'
RL 5 Konstantin Mikautadze Substituted off 51'
LL 4 Giorgi Nemsadze
TP 3 Beka Gigashvili Substituted off 47' Substituted in 79'
HK 2 Shalva Mamukashvili Substituted off 47' Substituted in 55' Substituted off 58'
LP 1 Mikheil Nariashvili (c) Substituted off 47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jaba Bregvadze Temporarily suspended from 48' to 58' 48' to 58' Substituted in 47'
PR 17 Guram Gogichashvili Substituted in 47'
PR 18 Levan Chilachava Substituted in 47' Substituted off 79'
LK 19 Shalva Sutiashvili Substituted in 51'
FL 20 Beka Saghinadze Substituted in 58'
FL 21 Otar Giorgadze Substituted in 60'
SH 22 Gela Aprasidze Substituted in 60'
FH 23 Lasha Khmaladze Substituted in 77'
Coach:
New Zealand Milton Haig

Player of the Match:
Jake Ball (Wales)

Assistant referees:
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes: