2019, World Cup fever No 3: rugby union hits Japan amid uncertainty

With Ireland threatening New Zealand and a host of new head coaches on the way, 2019 feels a watershed like no other

World Cups always feel like watersheds. Eddie Jones has reminded us often enough that everything else is just sparring; that all that matters is the date of the final – 2 November – and ensuring England are at their peak when the latest four-year cycle comes to an end. Except 2019 seems different, not least because there is so much uncertainty as to what will come next. Put simply, no one really knows what the international landscape beyond Japan 2019 will look like and that only adds to the intrigue.

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