The 2019 World Rugby World Cup is on the cards but the question is whether all the teams in the tournament will be able to get to the venue and what their chances of success will be.
The tournament is expected to be played from July 25 to August 5 and the schedule for the first three games is being decided by the tournament’s governing body, the Rugby World Federation.
A total of 16 teams are set to play their matches in their respective countries but this could change if some countries choose to hold off the tournament altogether.
The World Rugby Federation has been reluctant to confirm the results of its medical examinations in the event of a player’s death and so the International Rugby Board is the one to confirm any injury findings.
However, in the case of some countries, the results will be made public, making it a major issue for the hosts.
Here is a list of the teams at risk: Argentina, Brazil, China, Croatia, Fiji, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Uruguay and USA.
In addition, all but one of the 12 teams will play the final group stage match against Wales at Twickenham on September 11.
A second group stage game against Argentina will be played at the Stade de France on September 18.
The final group and quarter finals will be held at the Aviva Stadium on September 23.
The teams who will be eliminated from the tournament in each group will be determined by the following criteria:They are either a nation which is currently ranked outside the top 16 of the rankings, or in which there is a clear and compelling case to leave the tournament at the end of the qualifying round.
These criteria are based on the current standings and can only be applied after the final four group games.
After the elimination of one team, another will be placed in the group which will play at home to Argentina and South Africa.
These teams are ranked by the number of points they have achieved during the qualifying rounds, with Argentina and Uruguay second and third respectively, with the remaining 16 teams ranked by their total points.
The next two groups will be contested in London, with Australia taking on South Africa in the quarter finals and England facing Fiji in the semi finals.
The last two groups of the World Cup will be hosted in Paris.
The draw for the last two matches will be announced on November 15.