All Blacks to play South Africa in RWC pool

"How do you expect to win a World Cup if you can't beat Wales in the quarter-final, even though they are a good team".

New Zealand lost to South Africa in the 1995 final, but they have won their last two World Cup meetings, including their 2015 semi-final.

The top North and South America qualifier will be either US or Canada, and the second-best Oceania qualifier will be one of Fiji, Samoa or Tonga.

"It's not a bad group I'd think", said Williams.

Joe Schmidt has spoken about his excitement at Ireland being drawn with Japan ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

"Any pool that we were going to get put in was going to be a big challenge", said coach Jamie Joseph, whose side will face the Irish in two tests next month. We will focus on our journey towards the RWC 2019 and make sure we are ready and well prepared.

"There will be a lot of interest in that pool and England will be wondering what they have done wrong". We must remember that Ireland rarely do things the easy way when it comes to World Cup campaigns.

The Pool A draw is by no means the toughest - that would be Pool C [England, France and Argentina for now] - but certain people were getting carried away.

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Both Ireland and Scotland will fancy their chances alongside hosts Japan in Pool A, while Wales face Australia and Georgia in Pool D.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen, who was involved in the draw, said he was pleased with the outcome of the draw and was looking forward to a great tournament.

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.

Kenya-who will face off with Uganda, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Senegal for the sole African ticket-will not avoid New Zealand, Italy, South Africa and the repechage victor if they sail through.

Ireland and Scotland will meet in Pool A, which also contains hosts Japan.

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.

The ninth Rugby World Cup, the first in Asia, takes place from September 20 to November 2, 2019.

Hansen's New Zealand are striving to complete a hat-trick of World Cup victories, while England, up to second in the rankings under Jones, are dreaming of ending the All Blacks' dominance.

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