Coming off a momentous win against Scotland, the Americans are building in the right direction.
Los Pumas are ones to watch next year, take a look at our guide on them here.
Unlikely to proceed to the knockout stages, Tonga could still be a surprise package in Japan.
As always with France, their World Cup chances depend on what version of Les Bleus will show up.
A disastrous home World Cup in 2015, England are once again under pressure to perform in Japan.
The last team to qualify for the tournament, Canada had to go through the Repechage tournament to book their place in Japan.
Namibia booked their place once again at the World Cup, but are in a tough group.
Four years on from their disastrous loss to Japan, South Africa will be looking to put those demons behind them.
Winner of the past two World Cups, the All Blacks are once again favourites going into the Rugby World Cup.
Having to rely on a play-off win against Germany, Samoa found it very tough to qualify for Japan.