Springboks draw All Blacks in 2019 Rugby World Cup

Our pool will be highly competitive and full of intensity, 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.

Host nation Japan are also in the group - Scotland beat them in the 2015 pool stage - with Europe 1, possibly Romania, and a play-off victor completing the picture.

New Zealand's in Pool B along with traditional foes South Africa, Six Nations strugglers Italy, an African qualifier and a repechage victor.

The pool of death is C with England, France and Argentina grouped together.

Japan will become the first Asian country to host the World Cup, a move which aims to ignite rugby passion around the region.

Only 12 teams were in the draw at Kyoto's State Guest House with the other eight nations yet to qualify from various regional tournaments.

The Springboks have beaten the All Blacks twice at the World Cup (1995 final and 1999 bronze medal place) and pushed the world champions in an intense clash in the semifinal stage in 2015. We're looking forward to it.

We've got two Tests against Argentina in June so we can practise a little bit, " said coach Eddie Jones, who has led England to 17 wins in 18 games and two straight Six Nations titles.

"And we have seen that with New Zealand at previous World Cups so that has been a great lesson for us at the right time".




The ninth World Cup will be the first staged in Asia.

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

The World Cup runs from 20 September to 2 November 2019.

Wales will face Australia in Pool D, with both sides having qualified ahead of England from the group stage of the 2015 World Cup.

France coach Guy Noves said it was a "balanced" group.

"They can pick anyone from around the world, so it's going to be a very different team that we face".

"We are traditionally strong in scrums and line-outs", he said. You can look in two ways - it's a hard pool or it's a great pool - but you've just go to get through it.

"Any pool that we were going to get put in was going to be a big challenge", said coach Jamie Joseph, whose side will face the Irish in two tests next month.

Hansen's New Zealand are striving to complete a hat-trick of World Cup victories, while England, up to second in the rankings under Jones, are dreaming of ending the All Blacks' dominance.

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