Springboks draw All Blacks in 2019 Rugby World Cup

"My experience of the World Cup is that having two tough games is the best preparation".

Japan coach Jamie Joseph said: "Japan haven't beaten Ireland or Scotland to date, so it is going to be a big challenge, but any group we got was going to be a challenge".

Hosts Japan will meet Scotland and Ireland in Pool A, alongside a European qualifier and the victor of a play-off featuring teams from Oceania and Europe. "The first reaction is one of excitement that we know which pool we'll be in", Townsend said.

Williams, who played in three World Cups, says Gatland's experience of previous tournaments will be invaluable to Wales.

The All Blacks and England, now the top two teams in the world, would meet in a tantalising semi-final if they both won their pools and got through their quarter-finals. With home advantage in the next tournament, they will be even tougher opponents according to the head coach.

Ireland have been pooled with Scotland at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. We are going to have to play a number of different ways against different teams and we have got to cope with it.

"Understanding that we had a low ranking, we knew we were always going to have a tough pool, but we have it within us to get better and improve ahead of the World Cup", he said. Our pool will be highly competitive and full of intensity, as 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.

South Africa have been drawn in Group B with the All Blacks, Italy, the Africa 1 qualifier, which is likely to be Namibia, and the playoff winners at the draw, which took place in Kyoto, Japan on Wednesday. "We have them in our pool".

"We know how unsafe [Japan] can be, having played them in the World Cup and on tour a year ago".

At the 2015 World Cup, England were grouped with Australia and Wales and failed to reach the knockout phase. "That will be great motivation for our players".

The Africa Gold Cup victor will have a daunting task of facing world champions New Zealand and South Africa at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

England have landed themselves in another "Pool of Death" situation after being drawn with France and Argentina for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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.

"France are really improving over the last two years and are certainly a unsafe team. It's a unique country, a unique culture, rugby is on the up here and I think everyone is looking forward to playing the tournament here".

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