#RWC2019: Springboks to face All Blacks in pool stages

Hosts Japan will take on Ireland and Scotland in Pool A at the start of Asia's first Rugby World Cup.

They will be joined in Pool B by Connor O'Shea's Italy, the victor of a repechage tournament and the number one qualifier from Africa - most likely to be Namibia.

The 2019 World Cup pool stages draw took place in Kyoto, Japan today and Irish rugby fans will certainly be pleased with how it all turned out.

Foster said he was relieved not to have drawn the short straw, as England will be lining up in Pool C dubbed as the "pool of death" with France and Argentina.

Wales found themselves in the Group of Death for the previous tournament where hosts England, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay were the opposition.

The All Blacks ended up in a pool with South Africa, Italy and two yet-to-be-determined qualifiers.

Jones said. "We've got two tests against Argentina in June so well get a chance to practice". To make the final we have got four very tough games.

He also added that England will use the two tests against Argentina in June to "practice a little bit", and said France "have really improved over the past two years and are certainly a risky team".

These are: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Italy, Argentina, Japan, South Africa, Australia and Georgia.

"It's all very exciting isn't it?" said England coach Eddie Jones.

"But to win three games, we need to win against the big boys and attack".

Jones said: " I'm excited by the draw.

The draw was made in Kyoto this morning and saw Scotland placed with their top seed Six Nations rivals and the host nation, who they faced in the pool stage of the last tournament in England two years ago, beating the Brave Blossoms in Gloucester.

Eight more teams will join them, but we still need to wait until next year to see if they will qualify.

"You've got to plan with the lay of the land, those teams you're playing, know who the crossover teams are, do the homework but at the end of the day, it's going to be all about how we play", he said.

Were Ireland to top Pool A, they would play the second place team from Pool B in the quarter finals. We will get to understand each other a bit more over the next two years before we play here in 2019.

Abe added: "Soon the Rugby World Cup will bring bring the greatest rugby players in the world to Japan.it will be the ideal chance to showcase this sport to the rest of Asia, which holds over half the world's population".

  • Leroy Wright