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Eddie Jones dismisses pool of death fears after England are drawn against

20 May, 2017, 04:32 | Author: Rachael Silva

Elsewhere, Scotland and Ireland drawn in the same group with hosts Japan in Pool A. So these countries know which group they are in.

The Wallabies' other Pool D opponents during what shapes as a saloon passage through to the quarter-finals will be Georgia and two yet-to-be-determined qualifiers from Oceania and the Americas 2 division - probably Fiji and Canada.

"We want to win the World Cup, that's our ambition".

Scotland were grouped with Ireland and Japan in Pool A for the 2019 tournament along with a European qualifier - Romania now top the rankings - and a cross-continental play-off victor.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is "pretty happy" with the draw his side have been handed for the 2019 Rugby World Cup being held in Japan.

The outcome of the draw at the Kyoto State Guest House replicates the last World Cup when they were paired in the "pool of death" with Australia and Wales, resulting in the hosts' demise at the earliest possible stage.

Pool B includes holders New Zealand, their traditional rivals South Africa, Italy, Africa 1 and the victor of a four-team repechage.

The make-up of the four groups, which will be completed when the final eight qualifying sides are added over the coming year, sets up a potential England versus Wales clash at the quarter-final stage.

The All Blacks, the two-time defending champions, have never lost a pool game, but that record will be tested when they face the Springboks, the former two-time champions, in Pool B.


Australia coach Michael Cheika will not take anything for granted at the 2019 Rugby World Cup despite receiving a comparatively kind draw. Pool C victor v Pool D runner-up 3.

"Everyone will be sitting back and saying Pool C is the pool of death, while saying Pool A or Pool B are a little easy".

The top four ranked teams in the World Rugby rankings would avoid each other and be placed with a team from band two and three.

Steve Hansen gave a wink when he saw South Africa's name drawn in his side's pool and the All Blacks coach will be confident of topping the group despite being pitted against their biggest rivals.

Australia will be looking to go one better than two years ago and will meet Wales and Georgia in Pool D. "It promises to be an exceptional tournament in 2019 that will showcase rugby on the global stage and help to expand the game the into Asia".

"You've got to win seven games to get there and you put your best foot forward on all seven occasions".

"There will be a lot of interest in that pool and England will be wondering what they have done wrong".

Scotland in the outright betting, are to finish top of Pool A in which Ireland are just.

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