Ireland's likely World Cup 2019 quarter final opponents have ruined our day

"We know how unsafe they can be, having played them in the World Cup and on tour previous year".

"It's simple - you've got to prepare well at the World Cup".

When asked about France, Jones said: "They've really improved over the last two years and they're certainly a unsafe team".

France have reached three finals, and Argentina have made the semifinals of two of the last three World Cups.

"We have to finish in the first two to qualify, and if we happen to qualify, we could play Japan and it would be a historic moment".

England, who have won 18 out of 19 test matches under new head coach Eddie Jones since his appointment in 2015, have a tough draw as they will meet European rivals France and Argentina, who lost in the semi-finals to Australia in 2015.

Ireland also face "Europe 1" and the play-off victor in the five-team pool.

"This is an historic moment for the sport and a great step towards protecting the integrity, ethos and stature of global rugby", said World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot.

Japan will become the first Asian country to host the World Cup, a move which aims to ignite rugby passions around the region.

England, being seeded second, cannot play the All Blacks in the group stages, which will be a relief, but they could run into Wales, who beat them in the 2015 World Cup, yet again.

"Having the World Cup in Japan is a great opportunity to grow rugby".

The Springboks will have their work cut out for them if they hope to progress to the knockout stages at the 2019 IRB Rugby World Cup. To make the final we have got four very tough games.

England received a horror draw for the second straight Rugby World Cup when they landed in a "Pool of Death" alongside France and Argentina in Pool C for the 2019 tournament yesterday.

Three-time victor New Zealand and South Africa are familiar foes, having already played each other 93 times, with the All Blacks winning 55 of those matches.

The 2019 hosts stunned South Africa two years ago and were widely praised for their entertaining brand of rugby.

England are also set to face either the United States or Canada and Fiji or Samoa in a devilish group.

There is showdown ahead between defending champions New Zealand and their fellow two-time winners South Africa in Pool B, with Italy also in that group.

"England will be looking forward to it and I think we get to play them before, so that'll give us a good guideline". Incidentally, Wales will face Australia in a repeat of that tournament in 2019.

  • Julie Sanders