Springboks, All Blacks in Group B

Scotland were grouped with Ireland and Japan in Pool A for the 2019 tournament along with a European qualifier - Romania now top the rankings - and a cross-continental play-off victor.

Apart from the defending champions and Italy, the Boks were also grouped with the Africa 1 qualifier and the victor of the repechage qualification tournament - both of which are yet to be decided.

SCOTLAND have been drawn against Ireland and host nation Japan in the pool stage of the Rugby World Cup.

The pool of death for England once again, although closer inspection suggests that this won't be as tough as meeting Australia and Wales in 2015.

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

After crashing out of the 2015 tournament having been handed the toughest possible group assignment, England saw history repeat itself when the draw for Japan 2019 was made.

Beating Italy would nearly guarantee them a place in the last eight regardless of the result against the reigning world champions and give South Africa a quarterfinal against Ireland, Scotland or Japan from Pool A. "We're making a lot of changes in Italian rugby".

The Boks' world ranking dropped from third at the beginning of 2016 to seventh in March this year, which meant that they fell into band two for the draw.

Jones's men will be pitted against two tier one sides in Argentina and France, both of whom have reached the semi-finals in two out of the last three World Cups.

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

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

"Everyone will get excited by it and we know each other pretty well", he said.

"It's a death pool for sure", said France coach Guy Noves.

The draw for a first ever World Cup to be hosted in Asia was completed on Wednesday morning, with the 20 teams involved divided into 4 pools.

"Every group is going to have some tough teams in it, but from a Welsh perspective I'm happy how it has turned out".

"We've got to be able to get good enough to cope with the draw".

With the Rugby World Cup 2019 draw revealed last night in Tokyo, many All Blacks fans will be looking beyond the pool play and trying to work out potential quarter-final and semifinal match-ups.

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