New Zealand may await Japan if RWC 2019 hosts survive pool stage

Jones said. "We've got two tests against Argentina in June so well get a chance to practice".

The draw, conducted in Kyoto, Japan, yesterday, also pitted Italy in Pool B with a qualifier from Africa, likely Namibia, and a global qualifier.

England head coach Eddie Jones attended the draw at the Kyoto State Guest House alongside the rest of the global coaches, and he wasn't giving too much away with his immediate reaction to the draw.

They said: "It's incredible, it's exciting, we're playing against multiple world cup winners and you want to be playing against those".

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said rugby fans would be licking their lips at a southern-hemisphere, group-stage blockbuster between the world champions and Springboks.

Bill Beaumont, left, the chairman of World Rugby and Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan pose with The Webb Ellis trophy before the draw for the pool stage of the Rugby World Cup 2019 tournament at the State Guest House in Kyoto, Japan Wednesday, May 10.

"Hopefully we'll both play really great rugby and inspire the tournament to go to a higher level".

"They have some strong forward play and some gas out wide, so between now and 2019 we're going to have to learn a bit about them".

"It's a new venue for the World Cup and I'm sure there'll be a lot of interest in our Pool draw, especially when we get there, because we're taking on the host country".

"It just shows how big of an event a World Cup is, and how important it is for us to go one better than we did in 2015".

"I'm going to visit the temples because I need to pray. I need to pray really hard", he said.

The Brave Blossoms stunned South Africa two years ago at the tournament in England, however, and will certainly not view reaching the quarter-finals on home soil as mission impossible.

England have landed themselves in another "Pool of Death" situation after being drawn with France and Argentina for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. 'It's going to be one of the games of the tournament.

Foster told Radio Sport Breakfast it's a testing pool.

Pool A will be made up of two qualifiers, one from Europe, potentially Romania, and the other a cross-continental play-off victor.

It will be the fifth World Cup with 20 teams divided into four pools of five teams.

Scotland will be facing Ireland in a World Cup for only the second time.

Eddie Jones' men will be in the same group as France and Argentina.

England, Six Nations champions for the last two years but humiliated at the last Rugby World Cup when they became the first host nation to be eliminated in the group stages, have been drawn against two Tier 1 nations in the toughest group of all.

  • Julie Sanders