A lot was expected of Ireland, but they… Having to rely on a play-off win against… Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Russia Rugby World Cup GroupRussia are in Group A alongside Ireland, Scotland, Japan and Samoa.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup GroupsRussia Rugby World Cup FixturesFri 20 Sep Japan 30-10 Russia (Tokyo). Match reportTue 24 Sep Russia 9-34 Samoa (Kumagaya). Match reportThu 3 Oct Ireland 35-0 Russia (Kobe) Match ReportWed 9 Oct Scotland 61-0 Russia (Shizuoka) Match Report Scotland failed to reach the quarter-finals for only… Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Hosting their first World Cup, Japan made history… Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expand Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Collapse Expand Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, GuideRussia 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.They may have lost all their pool matches but they troubled opponents more than expected and showed decent resilience.How They QualifiedRussia were the highest ranked team from the Rugby Europe Championship (excluding Georgia who qualified automatically).Key PlayersTalking about his Enisei side in 2016, Yuri Kushnarev told RW: “Everyone should be scared, we are Russian soldiers with big rockets!” The fly-half and former Northampton wing Vasily Artemyev are important figures. Openside Tagir Gadzhiev is one to watch.Utility: Artemyev played 33 times for Northampton (Getty Images)The Coach – Lyn JonesJones took up the reins in early August 2018. The former Dragons, Ospreys and London Welsh coach didn’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-onsDiscipline, fitness and mentality under pressure are the three areas Jones has focused on improving. Plus, they have little experience of playing top-tier nations.Russia Rugby World Cup Warm-upsSaturday 17 August 2019: Italy 85-15 RussiaTuesday 27 August: Russia 22-35 Jersey RedsSaturday 7 September: Russia 14-42 ConnachtRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Russia’s qualification for the tournament was a shock and it was only their second World Cup Expand Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Outclassed: Ireland last played Russia in the World Cup in 2011. Final score was 62-12. (Getty Images)Russia Rugby World Cup SquadRussia have just announced their Rugby World Cup squad below’Forwards (18):Sergey ChernyshevEvgeny MatveevStanislav Sel’skiyAzamat BitievKirill GotovtsevValery MorozovVladimir PodrezovAndrey PolivalovEvgeny ElginBogdan FedotkoAndrey GarbuzovAndrei OstrikovTagir GadzhievVictor GresevRoman KhodinAnton SychevNikita VavilinVitaly Zhivatov.Backs (13):Vasily DorofeevDmitry PerovRamil GaisinYuri KushnarevSergey YanyushkinGerman DavydovDmitry GerasimovKirill GolosnitskyVladimir OstroushkoIgor GalinovskiyDenis SimplikevichVladislav SozonovVasily ArtemyevRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup FixturesPrevious World Cup Results and RecordRussia’s Rugby World Cup Record: P8 W0 D0 L82011 Pool stages2019 Pool stagesFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.