Pool-by-pool Guide to Japan 2019

England were drawn in arguably the toughest pool for the second straight World Cup when they were grouped with France and Argentina in Pool C.

Dan Carter of New Zealand reacts on the final whistle after winning their Rugby World Cup final in 2015.

The Wallabies, meanwhile, will go up against Wales and Georgia, as well as qualifiers from Oceania and the Americas, in Pool D. "You can't expect it to be the same as a western tournament", Jones said. "We want to win the World Cup so the onus is on us to keep getting better".

"We've seen the upward curve that Japan have taken in recent times - they got very close to beating Wales in the Millennium Stadium last autumn and obviously their heroics in the last World Cup were pretty spectacular", Schmidt said. We will focus on our journey towards the RWC 2019 and make sure we are ready and well prepared.

As one of the top four seeds, Australia were always guaranteed to avoid the All Blacks, England and Ireland before the quarter-finals.

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

The 2003 champions were handed the toughest assignment of the leading nations, with holders New Zealand drawing South Africa and Italy in Pool B. "You have to win seven games to get there".




All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen, who was involved in the draw, said he was pleased with the outcome of the draw and was looking forward to a great tournament.

Pool A features Ireland, Scotland and Japan.

South Africa's slump to seventh in the world means the 1995 and 2007 champions face the All Blacks for the first time in the pool stage of a World Cup.

"Particularly that England, France, Argentina pool will be a bit of fun, but the fact that we've got a really big game in it is going to guarantee an edge for us".

Should the Wallabies, as expected, advance from Pool D, they will face the runners-up from Pool D - most likely France or Argentina and possibly England.

"Realistically it's a group where Australia will be favourites, but Wales can do well there and we have to be optimistic".

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

"Previously New Zealand have suffered from having very easy pool games", Jones said.

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