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

England's draw in Pool C alongside age-old rivals France, and 2015 semi-finalists Argentina, evoked memories of their nightmare showing four years ago.

France coach Guy Noves said the game against Argentina will be a "decisive" one, adding that France's goal will be to progress to the knockout rounds "in first or second place".

The third-ranked Wallabies are again guaranteed to avoid landing in the same pool this time as New Zealand, Eddie Jones' third-ranked England and fourth-seeded Ireland.

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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.

The All Blacks and England, now the top two teams in the world, would meet in a tantalising semi-final if they both win their pools and got through their quarter-finals.

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.

England's triumphant 18-Test run under Jones came to an end against Ireland in Dublin in March and the Australian now views the loss as a stepping stone to a greater prize.

"By time World Cup comes around any one of those sides could win", Hansen said.

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: "I think it's incredibly exciting to draw the host nation". 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.

"We want to win the World Cup so the onus is on us to keep getting better so that we are as ready as we can be to do just that". "It's very hard. We will look to build confidence and find the solidarity to get as close as possible to maximum strength at the World Cup".

"France are probably the most improved team in world rugby, Argentina are improving rapidly, so it couldn't be any better".

"We're pretty happy with the draw - every group is going to have some tough teams in it but from a Welsh perspective, I'm happy how it's turned out".

Wales will also face qualifiers from Oceania 1 and Americas 2, which could be Fiji and Canada.

Another African team, most likely Namibia or Kenya, and the victor of the Repechage round of qualifying will complete their pool.

Michael Cheika is refusing to take comfort after his Wallabies were handed a seemingly saloon passage through to the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Rugby World Cup draw took place in Kyoto today, as the 12 teams that have already qualified learned who their pool opponents would be when the tournament kicks off on September 20, 2019.

Scotland, who defeated Ireland in this year's Six Nations campaign, also beat the Irish in their only previous World Cup meeting in a pool match in Edinburgh in 1991.

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