RWC 2019 Preview: Pool C

This pool is labelled as one of the most exciting pools at the Rugby World Cup where France, England and Argentina will battle it out for the top spot.

USA and Tonga are seen as the underdogs in the pool, but surprises can happen.

Read: RWC 2019 Preview: Pool A


The French team is ranked number eight in the world on paper but they too are great contenders, and came close to booking a final spot at the 2007 showpiece on home soil only to be pipped by England.

Having been World Cup runners up three times already, the French are looking to redeem themselves.

Their key player in the team is Gaël Fickou, the hooker has 48 caps at the age of 25.


Ranked world number three, and can change their diplomatic approach to suit the conditions or even as the game progresses.

Their best chance came in 2003 when they won the World Cup in Australia.

In 2007, they came close to winning their second world cup crown but fell short at the hands of the Springboks who handed them a 15-6 defeat.

Their key players will be Owen Farrell, Jamie George, prop Mako Vunipola and winger Jack Nowel.


The world number 11 ranked side reached the semi-finals in 2015, and will be looking to go a place further this time around.

Their key men will be Pablo Matera and fullback Emiliano Boffelli.


The Eagles are ranked 13th in the world, but they now have a fully professional team.

Though a quarter-final spot will be too ambitious for the team, they are looking at the possibilities of causing a surprise.

Blaine Scully and AJ MacGinty are their standout performers who will look to steer the side to get the best out of themselves.


The team is ranked 15th in the world but they have the least number of competitive matches since the last World Cup, and will rely on Siale Piutau and full-back Telusa Veainu to provide the goods for their team.