Springboks face All Blacks in Rugby World Cup group stages

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 Pool A draw is by no means the toughest - that would be Pool C [England, France and Argentina for now] - but certain people were getting carried away.

England went on an 18-match winning streak after being knocked out of their own tournament at the pool stage in 2015, when they were grouped with Australia and Wales.

After crashing out of the 2015 tournament having been handed the toughest possible group assignment, England saw history repeat itself when the draw for Japan 2019 was made.

The All Blacks will start their World Cup title defence against the Springboks and Italy after being drawn in Pool B for the 2019 World Cup in Japan. New Zealand is established as the No1 side ut there is very little to choose between the other top sides in the world.

It's also worth mentioning that while Ireland have avoided stronger teams like the Springboks, France and Argentina in the pool stages, Scotland shocked Ireland at the last Six Nations while Japan were inspired to victory over South Africa at the last World Cup. Ireland are the top seeds in the pool, which will be completed by two qualifiers yet to be decided.

The ninth Rugby World Cup takes place from September 20, 2019, with the final being played on November 2, 2019.

Well, it's not great news for England, who have been put in a tricky group alongside France and Argentina.

The group will be rounded off by yet-to-qualify teams from the Americas - likely to be one of Uruguay, Canada or the US - and Oceania - likely one of the Pacific Island power-houses, who themselves are no pushovers.

However, Jones insisted England would be ready to exorcise the demons of their disastrous 2015 campaign, when they became the first host team to crash out at the pool stage after being drawn with Wales, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay. We will have to wait and see.

Wednesday's draw could complicate Jones's oft-repeated vow to dethrone top-ranked New Zealand, who have won the World Cup three times.

"Everyone will get excited by it, and we know each other pretty well so we'll just continue to get to understand each other before we get here", Hansen said.

With two teams going through to the quarter-finals, qualification from Pool A should be a fight between those three.

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