England, France, Argentina in same pool for 2019 Rugby World Cup

"Our pool will be highly competitive and full of intensity, as a World Cup group should be", England coach Eddie Jones said.

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

The latest milestone in the All Blacks' bid to win the Rugby World Cup has been made in Kyoto, Japan, tonight with the Pool Draw for Rugby World Cup 2019.

Ireland's dream pool sees them come up against hosts Japan and old foes Scotland, who they haven't faced at a World Cup since 1991.

Head coach Gregor Townsend has expressed "excitement" after Scotland were drawn with Ireland and hosts Japan in Pool A for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

"We've got two very big games in our pool against France and Argentina so it's great preparation for getting to the final stages. We're making a lot of changes in Italian rugby".

There was good news and bad news for the Springboks after Wednesday's Rugby World Cup draw in 2019. "I need to pray really hard", he said.

Reigning champions New Zealand face South Africa and Italy in Pool B with head coach Steve Hansen insisting there are a number of credible challengers to the All Blacks' crown. Our detailed planning for the group, and the tournament, starts now.

England, the 2003 champions, went on an 18-match winning run after being knocked out at the pool stage when they hosted the tournament in 2015 from a group including Australia and Wales.

"Who's calling it the Group of Death?" he asked, shortly after Noves and Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade had done just that.

Samoa, against whom Wales scraped a victory at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, or Fiji are set to feature in the group as Oceania 1, with Americas 2 completing the picture.

Pool A will be made up of two qualifiers, one from Europe, potentially Romania, and the other a cross-continental play-off victor. "They have traditionally got through and have had strong representation in previous World Cups". The 2019 tournament in Japan will be the first to be held in Asia and outside of the traditional rugby nations.

"France are really improving over the last two years and are certainly a risky team. Get on with it is what we need to do", Ritchie said.

The Wallabies have won their past 12 Tests against the Red Dragon, including their pool match at the 2015 World Cup in Britain en route to the final, and last lost to Warren Gatland's side in 2008 in Cardiff.

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