England get 'Pool of Death' for 2019 Rugby World Cup

England get 'Pool of Death' for 2019 Rugby World Cup

England get 'Pool of Death' for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is playing down Australia's seemingly dream 2019 Rugby World Cup draw.

Elsewhere in Japan, New Zealand are set for a heavyweight clash against southern hemisphere rivals South Africa in Pool B.

The match schedule won't be announced until September but the All Blacks will likely be hoping to face South Africa in the middle of pool play.

Wales were drawn in Pool D, alongside Australia - for a second successive World Cup - Georgia and "America 2", while Scotland and Ireland are in Pool A, alongside hosts Japan and a play-off victor. "It's all very exciting isn't it?".

"The reality is just how big an event the World Cup is and how important it is for us to go one better in 2015".

Twelve teams were included in yesterday's draw in Kyoto by virtue of finishing in the top three of their groups in 2015.

"It's a great opportunity", said the New Zealander of the prospect of the Rugby World Cup being held in Japan.

"My experience of the World Cup is that having two tough games is the best preparation".

Coetzee attended the draw in Kyoto, Japan along with representatives from the other 11 qualified teams and said afterwards he was satisfied with the pool allocation.

New Zealand, who went on to retain the trophy against Australia in the final, and South Africa, who won the tournament in 1995, have been drawn alongside Italy as well as two unknown qualifiers from the Americas continent and a repechage round victor.

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"[France] are really improving and are certainly a risky team".

Ireland - a band one side - drew Scotland and hosts Japan in Pool A.

"It's not a bad group I'd think", said Williams.

The other two teams in the pool will be the North and South America qualifier, likely to be either US or Canada, and the second-best Oceania qualifier - one of Fiji, Samoa or Tonga.

The remaining eight teams - which will be determined via a global qualification process that involves more than 83 teams and which began on March 5, 2016, when Jamaica defeated Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 48-0 - were divided into two further bands.

"When you get into that type (of tournament) - the European Cup or all those things - you don't forecast, you don't predict what's going to happen, you don't gamble on things".

"We are traditionally strong in scrums and line-outs", he said.

The 2003 champions face another tough campaign in two years' time against three-times runners-up France and Argentina, who have reached the semi-finals in two of the last three tournaments.

The ninth Rugby World Cup, the first in Asia, will take place from Sept 20 to Nov 2, 2019.

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