England Handed Tough Draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Jones replied "nobody is going to die" when it was put to him that England had been drawn in the "pool of death", but he did joke that he will be seeking divine intervention.

"Our pool will be highly competitive and full of intensity, as a World Cup group should be – history shows that you need to win seven games to win the tournament and we will greatly respect every team we play".

In Pool D, Wales meet Australia in the pool stage for a second consecutive tournament after both teams progressed at the expense of hosts England in 2015.

England crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage in 2015 following defeats by Wales and Australia, resulting in the dismissal of Jones' predecessor, Stuart Lancaster.

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.

With Argentina also in the same section along with qualifiers from the Americas and Oceania, it promises to be a challenging pool for all teams involved, with two places for the quarter-finals on offer.

"France are really improving over the last two years and certainly a unsafe team".

"I have never felt so fired up than I feel now", said Abe.

Ireland have been drawn with Scotland and hosts Japan in a favourable draw for the 2019 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.

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Another African team, most likely Namibia or Kenya, and the victor of the repechage round of qualifying, who will be among the weakest teams at the tournament, will complete the pool. The majority of our players who will feature in the next World Cup have already had that first contact with them and the style of rugby they aspire to play.

Noves, by contrast, pulled few punches as he looked ahead to the 2019 tournament in Japan. The draw was kinder to Wales, who have been matched alongside Australia again and Georgia.

"France are probably one of the most improved teams in the world and Argentina are improving rapidly".

The ninth Rugby World Cup, the first in Asia, takes place from September 20 to November 2, 2019.

In Pool B, New Zealand, South Africa and Italy were thrown in together.

"My experience of the World Cup is that to have two tough games is the best preparation to go through", he said.

As one of the top seeds [fourth in the rankings], Joe Schmidt's men were drawn in with hosts Japan, Scotland and the victor of qualification matches from Europe and a play-off.

"Truth be told, no matter how the balls got pulled out, you know it's going to be about getting it right, turning up and making sure you play the best you can", he said.

Third-ranked Australia's highest-ranked opponents in the group stages in Japan will be eighth seeds Wales, a team the Wallabies have dominated during a 12-Test winning streak that stretches back to 2008.

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