Pool-by-pool Guide to Japan 2019

Japan hoping for good 2019 draw as Pumas lurk

Japan hoping for good 2019 draw as Pumas lurk

The All Blacks will have to beat the Springboks to top their pool, as they bid for a hat-trick of titles.

"History shows that you need to win seven games to win the tournament and we will greatly respect every team we play".

"You've just got to deal with each game as it comes and that is the key to tournament play", Cheika said from Japan.

The outcome of the draw at the Kyoto State Guest House replicates the last World Cup when they were paired in the "pool of death" with Australia and Wales, resulting in the hosts' demise at the earliest possible stage.

Wales found themselves in the Group of Death for the previous tournament where hosts England, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay were the opposition.

The top three teams from each pool at Rugby World Cup 2015 automatically qualified for the 2019 tournament and were split into three bands based on their current world rankings.

The fixtures will be released in September, with Ireland hoping to match their Pool-winning performance at the 2015 World Cup.

"On the other hand, we know Ireland pretty well and have a couple more opportunities to play them before the World Cup, while we also know a lot about their players through the Guinness PRO12".

"You think it's hard, but we're excited by it". The pool draw will be broadcast live via the World Rugby's media platforms, on their Twitter and Facebook. The majority of our players who will feature in the next World Cup have already had that first contact with them and the style of rugby they aspire to play.

"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.

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.

The 2003 champions face another tough campaign in two years' time against three-times runners-up France and Argentina, who have reached the semi-finals in two of the last three tournaments.

But Cheika would not get carried away with what appears on paper to be a better draw, suggesting any hint of complacency could well prove Australia's downfall in Japan.

Japan, the first host nation from Asia, is among the third seeds and also faces getting picked in a tough group.

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