Wallabies earn dream Rugby World Cup draw

While there is a lot of rugby to be played between now and the tournament itself, which starts on 20 September 2019, Gregor Townsend's team can at least take a degree of comfort from the fact that they have won their most recent meetings against both the Irish and the Japanese.

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

"We've got two very big games in our pool against France and Argentina so it's great preparation for getting to the final stages".

Interestingly if the top four in the betting finish top of their respective groups - which they are all odds-on to do - England and New Zealand will be on one side of the knockout draw and Ireland and Australia on the other.

Beauden Barrett and the All Blacks could again face the Wallabies in the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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.

New Zealand, bidding for a hat-trick of World Cup titles, face South Africa and Italy in Pool B, while hosts Japan will take on Ireland and Scotland in Pool A.

Japan's only loss in the 2015 World Cup pool stage was to Scotland, thanks to an unhelpful draw.

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And Italy face the toughest task of all the Championship sides, as they are drawn in a pool with New Zealand and South Africa.

Like what happened in 2015, England have undoubtedly been handed the "Pool of Death".

The other two qualifiers are so far identified only as Europe 1 and Play-off Winners. "By the time the World Cup comes around, any one of those sides could win", Hansen said. "We want to win the World Cup in 2019, and to win it, we need to be ready to play and beat anyone", he said.

Australia, twice champions and runners up two years ago, will become reacquainted with Wales in the easiest group Pool D, which also includes 11th ranked Georgia.

England were pushed out from 4/1 to to win the World Cup following the draw. "France have really improved over the last two years so they'll be a tough team".

The All Blacks, the two-time defending champions, have never lost a pool game, but that record will be tested when they face the Springboks, the former two-time champions, in Pool B.

"We've been working hard since arriving back from the 2016 outgoing tour to ensure improved results from now on forward, with the Rugby World Cup on the distant horizon".

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