Following an enthralling 2019, we make our predictions for this year.
1. Warren Gatland takes over the Wallabies
He is a contender to replace both Steve Hansen at the helm of his homeland and Eddie Jones in the highly paid England job. But, if Rugby Australia can afford him, he also appeals as a steady and sensible choice to coach the Wallabies.
2. Japan to shock the world again
Their win over the Springboks in 2015 was one of world sport’s greatest upsets and while opponents will be on guard this time they will beat Russia in Pool A, should beat Samoa and might beat Scotland.