There Is One Serious Drawback To Ireland's Rugby World Cup Draw

Posted May 18, 2017

Hansen is braced for a tough Pool B, but knows his defending champions will have to beat the best teams on the planet if they are to win the tournament for a third time in succession.

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.

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

"World Cup is a special time obviously there is more excitement closer to it, but you really want to go there when there is someone in your pool that you really got to be on edge about", Foster said. We will focus on our journey towards the RWC 2019 and make sure we are ready and well prepared.

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

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No team has ever lost in the pool stage and gone on to win the trophy outright.

Conor O'Shea's Italy must face down back-to-back world champions New Zealand in Pool B, while Wales will meet Australia and Georgia in Pool D.

Ireland, ranked in band one alongside England, Australia and New Zealand, look to face an easier path through to the knockout phase having been drawn in Pool A alongside Scotland and hosts Japan in addition to the Europe 1 qualifier (potentially Romania) and eventual play-off victor.

Coetzee attended the draw in Kyoto, Japan along with representatives from the other 11 qualified teams and said afterwards he was satisfied with the pool allocation.

"But now there's some certainty around it, we can start our planning and we're really looking forward to it".

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Despite being cautious, Cheika will be happy the Wallabies are on the other side of the draw from both southern hemisphere rivals New Zealand and South Africa, meaning they would not face either of them in a quarter-final.

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

Band two contained Scotland, France, South Africa and Wales - the teams now ranked fifth to eighth - and band three was made up of Argentina, Japan, Georgia and Italy.

All qualifying will be finished by the end of next year and the top two teams from each pool will reach the quarter-finals in 2019, with the tournament beginning on 20 September and ending with the final at the International Stadium in Yokohama on 2 November.

Two years ago, England became the first World Cup hosts not to reach the knock-outs after they were grouped with Wales, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay.

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