The best teams in the 2019 Rugby World Cup are in: The Australian and New Zealand national teams, the Wallabies, the French, the South Africans, the Barbarians, the English, the Irish, the Welsh and the Scottish.
The Wallabies were in the top three last year.
The Australian, which has won a record five consecutive games, has won five of its last six Tests.
The French are a top-five side in their home nations and were a surprise inclusion last year as they were still recovering from the World Cup.
The All Blacks are still trying to get their feet under them after they won their last six Test matches against the Wallahs.
The Welsh are the best in their own right and could be the top side in the competition.
New Zealand’s Test side is the most experienced in the series, with three of their four wins coming against the All Blacks.
New South Wales has a squad that includes three World Cup champions, a pair of World Cup semi-finalists and one of the world’s most-feared Super Rugby sides.
They are also favourites to win the 2019 World Cup, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates.
The United States are expected to be the most successful side in Rugby 2019.
It has won eight of the last nine Tests, and is in the midst of its fifth straight victory.
They have the best defence in the tournament and will be looking to win two of their remaining Tests.
Argentina and France are also expected to make the top four.
The world’s biggest rugby league franchise, the Sydney Roosters, have made it three straight finals appearances, but have yet to win a series.
They were eliminated in the semi-finals by England.
England has not lost a Test series since the 2015 World Cup and will take on Australia in the World Rugby 2019 semi-tournament in Cardiff on Friday (NZ time).
New Zealand has won the last three Tests.
It will play South Africa on Saturday (NZT time).
Australia will take part in the New Zealand series in 2019, with England taking on France in the second semi-annual match on Sunday (NZB time).
The Wallahs and All Blacks will meet in the first semi-annexation match on Monday (NZDT time).