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Rugby World Cup draw in Japan announced

16 May 2017

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.

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster said today he's happy with the result of last night's Rugby World Cup draw in Japan and admitted he's glad New Zealand weren't drawn in the "pool of death".

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. Incidentally, Wales will face Australia in a repeat of that tournament in 2019.

The trio wil be joined by the top qualifier from the Americas section and the second-placed side in the Oceania qualification group, which is likely to be either the United States or Canada, and Samoa.

Australia head coach Michael Cheika, England head coach Eddie Jones and South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee attend a news conference after the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw.

The current World Champions have been drawn in Pool B along with 1995 World Cup winners South Africa, six-time World Cup rivals Italy, the victor of Africa 1 and the Repechage winners from the qualifying tournament.

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We'll do that, it's a prospect that we're excited by.

Pool B consists of the current World Cup holders New Zealand plus former champions South Africa and Conor O'Shea's Italy.

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

Ireland and Scotland will meet in Pool A, which also contains hosts Japan.

"Italy are an improving side and we don't know yet who the qualifiers are going to be".

Under Jones, England embarked on a long unbeaten run that ended in March with defeat to Ireland, and have won two successive Six Nations titles, so they are likely to start the tournament as group favourites.

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Pool D - Australia, Wales, Georgia, Americas 2, Oceania 1.

"England are going to be a force, but they're in a really strong pool".

"Obviously we get Australia again and it looks like we could also get Fiji so there are a couple of teams from 2015", he said from Kyoto.

Twelve teams were included in yesterday's draw by virtue of finishing in the top three of their groups in 2015.

"You've just got to deal with each game as it comes and that is the key to tournament play", he said from Japan.

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