2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches

The 2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches were a series of rugby union test matches that took place between June and September 2019, as the 20 competing teams prepared for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Matches played within tournaments, such as the Rugby Championship and the Pacific Nations Cup, which took place between 20 July to 10 August, were not considered as warm-up matches and therefore not included in this list. The series saw New Zealand lose top spot in the World Rugby Rankings, initially to Wales, and eventually to Ireland.

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Fixtures[edit]

22 June[edit]

22 June 2019
19:00 UYT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  21–41  Spain
Try: Vilaseca 33′ c
Echeverría 55′ c
Inciarte 72′ c
Con: Vilaseca (2/2) 34′, 56′
Cat (1/1) 73′
Report Try: Munilla (2) 9′ c, 44′ c
Domínguez 15′ m
Del Hoyo (2) 24′ c, 40′ c
Mélé 77′ c
Con: Mélé (4/5) 10′, 25′, 45′, 77′
Casteglioni (1/1) 40′
Pen: Mélé (1/1) 70′
Estadio CharrúaMontevideo
Attendance: 2,200
Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
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Notes:

  • Pablo Miejimolle (Spain) made his international debut.
  • This was Spain’s largest winning margin over Uruguay, surpassing the 17-point difference set in 2016.

13 July[edit]

13 July 2019
15:00 FJT (UTC+12)
Fiji  27–10  Māori All Blacks
Try: Veitokani 22′ c
Mata 33′ m
Nayacalevu (2) 47′ c, 72′ m
Con: Volavola (2/4) 23′, 48′
Pen: Volavola (1/1) 45′
Report Try: Wainui (2) 53′ m, 67′ m
ANZ National StadiumSuva[1]
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Damon Murphy (Australia)
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Notes:

  • Fiji’s win ended a 16-match losing streak against the Maori All Blacks, dating back to 1957.

20 July[edit]

20 July 2019
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
Māori All Blacks  26–17  Fiji
Try: Wainui 14′ c
Thompson 44′ c
Nankivell 60′ m
Walker-Leawere 64′ c
Con: Black (3/4) 15′, 44′, 65′
Report Try: Vugakoto 9′ c
Dyer 75′ c
Con: Veitokani (1/1) 10′
Matavesi (1/1) 76′
Pen: Veitokani (1/1) 52′
Rotorua International StadiumRotorua[1]
Attendance: 13,404
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
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10 August[edit]

10 August 2019
14:00 IST (UTC+01)
Ireland  29–10  Italy
Try: Carbery 17′ c
Kearney 28′ c
Conway 37′ m
Murphy 44′ m
Marmion 62′ m
Con: Carbery (2/4) 18′, 29′
Report Try: Mbanda 12′ m
Canna 20 ‘m
Aviva StadiumDublin
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
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11 August[edit]

11 August 2019
14:00 BST (UTC+01)
England  33–19  Wales
Try: Vunipola 3′ c
Cokanasiga 12′ c
Cowan-Dickie 38′ c
Con: Ford (3/3) 4′, 14′, 39′
Pen: Ford (3/3) 43′, 60′, 72′
Drop: Daly (1/1) 76′
Report Try: G. Davies 21′ c
North 49′ m
W. Jones 55′ c
Con: Anscombe (1/1) 23′
Biggar (1/2) 56′
Twickenham StadiumLondon[4]
Attendance: 80,944
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
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12 August[edit]

12 August 2019
19:00 MSK (UTC+03)
Russia  40–0  Russia Club XV
Try: Zhivatov 9′ m
Gaisin 25′ c
Gadzhiev 38′ c
Sychev (2) 42′ c, 63′ c
Simplikevich 46′ c
Con: Gaisin (1/2) 25′
Kushnarev (3/3) 39′, 43′, 47′
Yanyushkin (1/1) 64′
Report
(In Russian)
 
Slava Stadium, Moscow[6]
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Artur Kaptyukh (Russia)

17 August[edit]

17 August 2019
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  36–0  Australia
Try: Mo’unga 29′ c
Smith 32′ c
Williams 46′ c
Reece 67′ c
Bridge 78′ m
Con: Mo’unga (3/3) 31′, 34′, 46′
B. Barrett (1/2) 69′
Pen: Mo’unga (1/2) 4′
Report  
Eden ParkAuckland
Attendance: 48,339
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
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17 August 2019
14:15 BST (UTC+01)
Wales  13–6  England
Try: North 34′ c
Con: Biggar (1/1) 35′
Pen: Biggar (1/1) 26′
Halfpenny (1/2) 76′
Report Pen: Ford (2/2) 51′, 57′
Millennium StadiumCardiff[4]
Attendance: 73,931
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
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Notes:

  • With this result, Wales became the fourth team to be placed number 1 on the World Rugby Rankings, ending New Zealand’s 10-year run at the top dating back to 16 November 2009.
  • England failed to score in a first half for the first time since their 2011 World Cup quarter-final versus France.
  • Ruaridh McConnochie was named as England’s right wing but was ruled out with injury for the second week running. He was replaced by Anthony WatsonLiam Williams was also ruled out at fullback for Wales and replaced by Leigh Halfpenny.
  • Controversy that led up to George North‘s try, where Dan Biggar took a quick penalty before Ben Youngs had come on for Willi Heinz, resulted in World Rugby changing Law 3 so that play cannot restart until a player who has gone off due a blood or head injury has been temporarily replaced.

17 August 2019
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  24–18  Argentina
Try: Nkosi (2) 32′ m, 48′ c
Con: Jantjies (1/2) 49′
Pen: Jantjies (4/4) 19′, 60′, 69′, 78′
Report Try: Petti Pagadizábal 40′ c
Matera 65′ m
Con: Bonilla (1/1) 40′
Pen: Bonilla (1/2) 27′
Urdapilleta (1/1) 57′
Loftus Versfeld StadiumPretoria
Attendance: 29,826
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
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17 August 2019
18:25 CEST (UTC+02)
Italy  85–15  Russia
Try: Morisi 7′ c
Parisse 15′ c
Bellini (2) 24′ m, 27′ c
Minozzi (3) 37′ c, 59′ m, 73′ c
Hayward 40′ m
Allan 41′ c
Ferrari 47′ c
Padovani (2) 56′ c, 66′ c
Canna 80′ m
Con: Allan (6/8) 8′, 16′, 28′, 37′, 42′, 48′
Canna (4/5) 57′, 67′, 74′, 80′
Report
(In Italian)
Try: Golosnitsky 17′ m
Fedotko 78′ c
Con: Kushnarev (1/1) 79′
Pen: Gaisin (1/2) 3′
Stadio Riviera delle PalmeSan Benedetto del Tronto[7]
Attendance: 10,853
Referee: Karl Dickson (England)
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Notes:

  • Russia played a Tier 1 nation outside a Rugby World Cup for the first time since their game against Italy in 2006. Russia most recently played a Tier 1 nation, Australia, during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

17 August 2019
21:05 CEST (UTC+02)
France  32–3  Scotland
Try: Raka 2′ c
Médard (2) 22′ m, 54′ m
Alldritt 33′ m
Dupont 61′ c
Con: Lopez (2/5) 3′, 62′
Pen: Lopez (1/1) 15′
Report Pen: Hastings (1/1) 26′
Allianz RivieraNice[8]
Attendance: 35,624
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
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24 August[edit]

24 August 2019
15:00 TOT (UTC+13)
Tonga  19–15  Western Force
Try: Faiva 26′ c
Fukofuka 57′ c
Halaifonua 66′ m
Con: Faiva (1/1) 27′
Morath (1/2) 58′
  Try: Lavaka 19′ m
McGregor 32′ m
Bardoul 80′ m
Teufaiva Sport StadiumNukuʻalofa[9]
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Kaveni Talemaivalagi (Fiji)

24 August 2019
14:00 SAST (UTC+02)
Sharks Invitation XV  0–43  Namibia
    Try: Plato 8′ m
Conradie 21′ m
Walters (2) 34′ c, 66′ m
Van Jaarsveld 44′ c
Kitshoff 53′ m
Forbes 70′ c
Con: Steenkamp (3/5) 22′, 34′, 45′
Stevens (1/2) 71′
Crusaders, Durban[10]
Referee: Blake Beattie (South Africa)

24 August 2019
13:10 BST (UTC+01)
Scotland  17–14  France
Try: Maitland 39′ c
Harris 60′ c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 40′, 61′
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 5′
Report Try: Penaud (2) 2′ c, 27′ c
Con: Ramos (2/2) 3′, 29′
Murrayfield StadiumEdinburgh[8]
Attendance: 66,181
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
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Notes:

  • Grant Stewart and Blade Thomson (both Scotland) made their international debuts.
  • Wesley Fofana was to start at inside centre for France but was ruled out through injury. Gaël Fickou moved to the inside while Sofiane Guitoune came in to the outside.
  • Nigel Owens was due to assistant referee in this match but was reassigned to referee the England v Ireland game in place of Jaco Peyper who withdrew from his officiating duties in that game due to a delayed flight. Andrew Brace replaced Owens on the touchline.[11]

24 August 2019
15:00 BST (UTC+01)
England  57–15  Ireland
Try: Cokanasiga (2) 11′ m, 65′ c
Daly 30′ c
Tuilagi 36′ c
Itoje 45′ c
Kruis 53′ c
Curry 57′ c
Cowan-Dickie 77′ c
Con: Farrell (6/7) 31′, 37′, 47′, 55′, 58′, 66′
Ford (1/1) 79′
Pen: Farrell (1/1) 7′
Report Try: Larmour 9′ c
Aki 73′ m
Con: Byrne (1/1) 10′
Pen: Byrne (1/1) 26′
Twickenham StadiumLondon[4]
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
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Notes:

  • England recorded their largest win over Ireland, surpassing the 40 point margin set in 1997. England’s 57 points total was their highest score against Ireland, surpassing the 50 points scored in 2000.
  • Jaco Peyper was the appointed match referee but missed the game due to a delayed flight. Nigel Owens replaced him.[11]

24 August 2019
14:00 UYT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  24–20 Sudamérica XV
Try: Kessler 6′ c
Freitas 14′ c
Leivas (2) 66′ m, 72′ m
Con: Berchesi (1/4) 7′
Report Try: Rebolo 20′ c
Reeves (2) 39′ m, 50′ m
Con: Reeves (1/3) 21′
Pen: Reeves (1/2) 70′
Estadio CharrúaMontevideo[12]
Referee: Damián Schneider (Argentina)

24 August 2019
15:00 EDT (UTC-04)
Canada  35–38  Leinster
Try: Olmstead 39′ c
Ardron 47′ c
Parfrey (2) 59′ c, 70′ c
Baillie 66′ c
Con: Nelson (5/5) 40′, 48′, 60′, 67′, 71
Report Try: Deegan (3) 5′ m, 26′ c, 73′ c
B. Byrne 16′ c
Murphy 64′ m
Keenan 80′ c
Con: Frawley (2/4) 17′, 27′
H. Byrne (2/2) 74′, 80′
Tim Hortons FieldHamilton[13]
Referee: Moe Chaudhry (Canada)

27 August[edit]

27 August 2019
19:15 GET (UTC+04)
Georgia  24–20  Southern Kings
Try: Aptsiauri 15′ m
Melikidze 67′ m
Penalty try 73′
Sutiashvili 76′ c
Con: Malaghuradze (1/2) 78′
Report Try: Sithole 6′ c
Ambadiang 21′ c
Con: Catrakilis (2/2) 10′, 23′
Pen: Catrakilis (2/2) 2′, 49′
Mikheil Meskhi StadiumTbilisi[14]
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
27 August 2019
19:00 MSK (UTC+03)
Russia  22–35  Jersey Reds
Try: Yanyushkin 34′ m
Sozonov 40′ c
Matveev 61′ m
Ostrikov 70′ m
Con: Yanyushkin (1/2) 40′
Report Try: Van Dam 14′ c
Jones 19′ c
Dyer 26′ c
Ma’afu 38′ c
Slowik 54′ c
Con: Dyer (5/5) 14′, 19′, 26′, 38′, 54′
Slava Stadium, Moscow[15]
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Alexei Lebedev (Russia)

30 August[edit]

30 August 2019
21:10 CEST (UTC+02)
France  47–19  Italy
Try: Huget 3′ m
Penalty try 24′
Chat 31′ c
Dupont 44′ c
Iturria 46′ c
Taofifénua 59′ c
Ramos 75′ c
Con: Ntamack (5/6) 32′, 45′, 47′, 60′, 76′
Report
(In Italian)
Try: Bellini (2) 20′ c, 67′ m
Polledri 51′ c
Con: Allan (2/3) 20′, 52′
Stade de FranceSaint-Denis[7][16]
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
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Notes:


30 August 2019
19:10 UYT (UTC-03)
Uruguay XV  43–5  Brazil XV
Try: Kessler 3′ c
Diana 14′ m
Mieres 37′ m
Freitas 52′ m
Inciarte 70′ c
A. Ormaechea 80′ c
Con: Cat (2/4) 4′, 40′
Favaro (2/3) 71′, 80′
Report Try: Lima 65′ m
Estadio CharrúaMontevideo[12]
Referee: Pablo De Luca (Argentina)

30 August 2019
18:30 PDT (UTC-07)
Canada  45–13  BC All-Stars
Try: Coe 7′ c
Quattrin 11′ c
Blanchet (2) 54′ c, 66′ c
Mack 76′ c
Con: O’Leary (6/6) 8′, 12, 55′, 67′, 70′, 77′
Pen: O’Leary (1/1) 28′
Report Try: Mason 34′ c
Con: A. McQueen (1/1) 35′
Pen: A. McQueen (2/2) 15′, 24′
Westhills StadiumLangford, BC[17]
Referee: Chris Assmus (Canada)

31 August[edit]

31 August 2019
14:00 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand Heartland XV  19–36  Samoa
Try: Wright 14′ c
Holani 37′ c
Paiaua 45′ m
Con: Lash (2/3) 15′, 14′
Report Try: Alaalatoa (2) 5′ m, 53′ c
Tuala (3) 18′ m, 26′ m, 80′ c
Paulo 43′ c
Con: Pisi (3/3) 44′, 54′, 80′
Eden ParkAuckland
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)

31 August 2019
16:30 NZST (UTC+12)
Fiji  29–19  Tonga
Try: Tuisova 8′ c
Goneva 23′ m
Kunatani 37′ m
Waqaniburotu 46′ c
S. Matavesi 55′ m
Con: Volavola (2/5) 9′, 47′
  Try: Piutau 2′ c
Ngauamo 19′ m
Sakalia 61′ c
Con: Faiva (2/3) 3′, 62′
Eden ParkAucklandNew Zealand[18]
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
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31 August 2019
14:30 BST (UTC+01)
Wales  17–22  Ireland
Try: Lane 64′ c
Patchell 76′ c
Con: Patchell (2/2) 65′, 77′
Pen: J. Evans (1/1) 16′
Report Try: Stockdale (2) 18′ c, 28′ m
Penalty try 58′
Con: Carty (1/2) 19′
Pen: Carty (1/2) 9′
Millennium StadiumCardiff[19]
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
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Notes:

  • This was Warren Gatland‘s last home game in charge of Wales.
  • Rhys Carré and Owen Lane (both Wales) made their international debuts.
  • This ended Wales’ 11-match home unbeaten run.
  • With this loss, Wales dropped from number one in the World Rugby Rankings, after only spending two weeks at top spot, which was regained by New Zealand (who then lost it again the next week, to Ireland).

31 August 2019
16:30 SAST (UTC+02)
Namibia  28–22  Southern Kings
Try: Van Jaarsveld 20′ c
Jantjies 68′ c
Plato (2) 72′ c, 79′ c
Con: Steenkamp (1/1) 21′
Loubser (3/3) 69′, 73′, 80′
  Try: Mnisi 16′ m
Jackson (2) 25′ c, 31′ c
Con: B. Pretorius (2/3) 25′, 33′
Pen: B. Pretorius (1/1) 2′
Hage Geingob StadiumWindhoek[20]
Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)

31 August 2019
20:00 GET (UTC+04)
Georgia  10–44  Scotland
Try: Asieshvili 59′ c
Con: Abzhandadze (1/1) 60′
Pen: Matiashvili (1/1) 35′
Report Try: Toolis 14′ c
Hutchinson (2) 20′ c, 47′ c
Graham 63′ c
Cummings 77′ c
Con: Laidlaw (3/3) 15′, 21′, 48′
Russell (1/1) 64′
Hastings (1/1) 78′
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 7′, 13′, 40′ +2
Dinamo ArenaTbilisi[8]
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
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Notes:

  • Scotland became the first Tier One nation to play a Test match in Georgia.

6 September[edit]

6 September 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  7–41  South Africa
Try: Matsushima 60′ c
Con: Tamura (1/1) 61′
Report Try: Kolbe (2) 8′ c, 73′ c
Mapimpi (3) 22′ c, 31′ m, 53′ m
Jantjies 79′ c
Con: Pollard (2/4) 9′, 24′
Steyn (2/2) 74′, 80′ +1
Pen: Pollard (1/1) 39′
Kumagaya Rugby GroundKumagaya[21]
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
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Notes:

  • Takuya Kitade (Japan) made his international debut.
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa) earned his 50th test cap.
  • This was the first time that Japan has hosted South Africa.

6 September 2019
19:30 BST (UTC+01)
Scotland  36–9  Georgia
Try: Price 17′ m
Kinghorn 23′ m
Johnson 50′ c
D. Graham 69′ m
G. Horne 71′ c
P. Horne 77′ c
Con: Hastings (2/5) 51′, 78′
G. Horne (1/1) 72′
Report Pen: Abzhandadze (3/4) 20′, 27′, 30′
Murrayfield StadiumEdinburgh[8]
Attendance: 53,000
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
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6 September 2019
19:45 BST (UTC+01)
England  37–0  Italy
Try: Youngs 44′ c
Marchant 52′ c
Genge 67′ c
Watson 73′ c
Con: Farrell (4/4) 44′, 53′, 69′, 75′;
Pen: Farrell (3/4) 4′, 19′, 40′
Report  
St James’ ParkNewcastle upon Tyne[7][4]
Attendance: 50,157
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
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Notes:

7 September[edit]

7 September 2019
14:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  92–7  Tonga
Try: Reece 8′ c
B. Smith (2) 15′, 37′ c
Taylor 19′ c
Bridge (4) 26′ m, 40′ m, 52′ c, 56′ c
Read 32′ c
Perenara 35′ c
Crotty (2) 39′ c, 64′ c
Todd 45′ m
Savea 46′ c
Con: B. Barrett (7/8) 9′, 17′, 21, 33′, 36′, 38′, 40′
Ioane (4/6) 47′, 53′, 57′, 65′
Report Try: Piutau 77′ c
Con: Takulua (1/1) 78′
Waikato StadiumHamilton[22]
Attendance: 22,349
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
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Notes:


7 September 2019
15:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Randwick  0–74  Argentina
  Report Try: Cubelli 18′ c
Montoya 23′ c
Leguizamón 32′ c
Kremer 38′ c
Carreras 40′ m
Chaparro 43′ c
Delguy (4) 61′ m, 63′ m, 66′ m, 70′ c
Creevy 74′ c
Herrera 77′ m
Con: Urdapilleta (4/5) 19′, 23′, 33′, 39′
Sánchez (3/7) 44′, 71′, 75′
Coogee OvalCoogee[23]
Referee: James Quinn (Australia)

7 September 2019
19:30 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  34–15  Samoa
Try: Coleman 7′ m
Koroibete 15′ m
Ashley-Cooper 30′ m
Salakaia-Loto 35′ c
Haylett-Petty 70′ c
To’omua 80′ m
Con: Foley (2/6) 36′, 71′
Report Try: Polataivao (2) 52′ m, 61′ c
Con: Pisi (1/2) 62′
Pen: Pisi (1/2) 28′
Western Sydney StadiumParramatta[24]
Attendance: 16,091
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
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Notes:


7 September 2019
14:00 IST (UTC+01)
Ireland  19–10  Wales
Try: Kearney 21′ c
Furlong 50′ c
Ryan 58′ m
Con: Sexton (2/3) 22′, 52′
Report Try: Parkes 30′ c
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 31′
Pen: Halfpenny (1/2) 25′
Aviva StadiumDublin
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
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Notes:

  • This was the last home game for Rory Best, playing for Ireland.
  • This was Joe Schmidt‘s last home game in charge of Ireland.
  • With this win, Ireland became the fifth team to be placed number 1 on the World Rugby Rankings, replacing New Zealand who had briefly retaken top spot from Wales after Ireland’s earlier win against Wales the previous week.[25]

7 September 2019
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
Namibia  21–17  Southern Kings
Try: Greyling 32′ m
Van der Westhuizen 56′ c
Con: Loubser (1/2) 57′
Pen: Loubser (3/3) 18′, 40′, 45′
  Try: Van Rooyen 37′ c
De Wee 72′ c
Con: Catrakilis (1/1) 38′
B. Pretorius (1/1) 72′
Pen: Catrakilis (1/1) 22′
Walvis Bay High School Stadium, Walvis Bay[20]
Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)

7 September 2019
19:00 MSK (UTC+03)
Russia  14–42  Connacht
Try: Artemyev 31′ c
Davydov 54′ c
Con: Kushnarev (2/2) 32′, 55′
  Try: Daly 4′ c
Leader 16′ c
Murphy 43′ c
Fitzgerald (2) 69′ c, 72′ c
Boyle 78′ c
Con: Leader (6/6) 5′, 17′, 44′, 70′, 73′, 79′
VTB ArenaMoscow[26]
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

7 September 2019
15:00 UYT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  24–35  Argentina XV
Try: Kessler 8′ c
Freitas 25′ c
Magno 66′ c
Con: Ormaechea (2/2) 9′, 26′
Favaro (1/1) 67′
Pen: Ormaechea (1/1) 10′
Report Try: Montagner 4′ c
Chocobares 20′ c
Grondona 23′ c
Cancelliere 43′ c
Mendy 80′ c
Con: Albornoz (4/4) 5′, 21′, 24′, 44′
Elías (1/1) 80′
Estadio CharrúaMontevideo[27]
Referee: Felipe Balbontín (Chile)

7 September 2019
19:00 PDT (UTC-07)
Canada  15–20  United States
Try: McRorie 2′ c
Nelson 16′ m
Con: Nelson (1/1) 3′
Pen: Nelson (1/1) 42′
  Try: Dolan 37′ c
Fawsitt 49′ m
Iosefo 70′ m
Con: Magie (1/2) 38′
Pen: Magie (1/1) 20′
BC PlaceVancouver
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
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