Russia's qualification for the tournament was a shock and we cannot see them going very far at all.

Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Russia making it into Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup was a shock. Their spot originally went to Romania but the Oaks dropped out after a farrago that saw them, Belgium and Spain docked Rugby Europe Championship points for fielding ineligible players. No doubt, they have work to do.

How They Qualified

Russia were the highest ranked team from the Rugby Europe Championship (excluding Georgia who qualified automatically).

Key Players

Talking about his Enisei side in 2016, Yuri Kushnarev told RW: “Everyone should be scared, we are Russian soldiers with big rockets!” The utility back and former Northampton wing Vasily Artemyev is key.

Utility: Artemyev played 33 times for Northampton (Getty Images)

The Coach – Lyn Jones

Jones took up the reins in early August. The former Dragons, Ospreys and London Welsh coach doesn’t have much time to make any major changes…

Sleeping bear: Lyn Jones has said he wants to awake the full potential of Russia (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

Discipline. They can lose shape – USA put 62 points on them in June – and can also fall foul of the referee. In a recent Test, they beat Canada but got two yellow cards.

Russia Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

  • Saturday 17 August 2019: Italy 85-15 Russia

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

Russia Rugby World Cup Group

Russia are in Group A alongside Ireland, Scotland, Japan and Samoa.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups

Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures

  • Fri 20 Sep Japan v Russia (Tokyo)
  • Tue 24 Sep Russia v Samoa (Kumagaya)
  • Thu 3 Oct IrelandRussia (Kobe)
  • Wed 9 Oct Scotland v Russia (Shizuoka)


Outclassed: Ireland last played Russia in the World Cup in 2011. Final score was 62-12. (Getty Images)

Russia Rugby World Cup Squad

We will update this section when the official squad is announced

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Previous World Cup Results and Record

Russia’s Rugby World Cup Record: P4 W0 D0 L4

  • 2011 Pool stages

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