Knocked out of the Football World Cup, still a chance for the Rugby World Cup - this is the strange world German sports fans find themselves in this morning.

They were left devastated after Germany was knocked out of the Fifa World Cup today, New Zealand time, losing 2-0 to South Korea.

But on Saturday in Apia, the German national rugby team faces Samoa for a place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

World Rugby was quick to welcome mourning football fans with open arms ahead of the first of two qualifying matches.


If you’re a German football fan and still fancy a bit of World Cup action then rugby welcomes you with open...

Posted by Rugby World Cup on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

After beating Portugal 16-13 last Saturday, Germany advanced in qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup to a two-leg playoff against Samoa.

The Germans will play Samoa in Apia on Saturday night before staging the return on July 14.

The winner of the play-off will qualify directly into Pool A in Japan next year were as the runner-up will go to the repechage tournament in November.

Germany's chances for making the Rugby World Cup looked slim earlier this year after they lost all five matches in the Rugby Europe Championship.

But after Romania, Spain, and Belgium had points docked for fielding ineligible players, Germany miraculously moved into the European playoff spot.