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All Blacks get Boks in 2019 WCup pool

12 Mai 2017

With Argentina also in the same section along with qualifiers from the Americas and Oceania, it promises to be a challenging pool for all teams involved, with two places for the quarter-finals on offer.

"It would be his third World Cup", Williams told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

The All Blacks assistant says having South Africa in Pool B with them will give them a good challenge to prepare for the later stages of the competition. "The minute you stop thinking like that is the minute you are dead in the water".

Jones said at the draw. "We will look to build confidence and find the solidarity to get as close as possible to maximum strength at the World Cup".

Pool C is the toughest on paper, pitting England against France, Argentina, Americas 1 and Oceania 2. "I need to pray really hard", he said. And it'll be interesting to see who qualifies for the other two spots (Europe 1 qualifiers and Play-Off 1 winners). 'But England will be like us - just looking forward togetting here.

"France have really improved over the last two years and are a really risky team". "If they were interested in me going there for whatever reason, great".

Where there is comfort in the fact that Australia have beaten Wales on the past 12 occasions, seven of those victories have been tight.

The consensus has been that Ireland have an excellent chance of topping the pool but also a chance to avoid the injuries that affected the team when the quarter finals came around in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Australia and Georgia are both on Wales' autumn Test agenda later this year.

KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - World Rugby will extend the residency requirement to switch national teams from three to five years from the end of 2020 in a reform aimed at protecting the "integrity and sanctity" of the worldwide game, the global governing body said on Wednesday. "Every side is going to get challenged".

Defending champions New Zealand were pitted alongside fierce Rugby Championship rivals South Africa, while Pool C will undoubtedly be dubbed the group of death.

New Zealand beat Italy 68-10 in Rome last November. "It's not as though they're all easy beats either", said Anscombe. "Australia went past Ireland and Argentina", Jones said.

France captain Guilhem Guirado: "Argentina and England are two teams we are used to playing".

"Everyone will be excited by the game against South Africa, and we know each other pretty well". We are getting ready not just for two strong teams but four.

"We need to get better".

"On paper it looks like another tough draw for England, doesn't it?" We'd better be well prepared.

Steve Hansen, New Zealand's coach, already has the host nation in his sights.

Foster remains wary of South Africa even if the Springboks are struggling at the moment.

Japan hooker Shota Horie, one of the stalwarts at the 2015 World Cup, downplayed the revenge factor, however.

"It's going to have to be a bloody good day for the teams that aren't in there yet".

"England are going to be a force".

"It's a pool they can definitely get out of without too many problems".

England coach Eddie Jones believes the tough pool will leave his players battle hardened for the knockout phase.

Twelve teams were included in yesterday's draw by virtue of finishing in the top three of their groups at the 2015 tournament.

New Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend declared his first reaction to the draw was "excitement".

That means a potential quarterfinal clash against Ireland - the only side to beat the All Blacks previous year.

The residency qualification period to represent a new nation will be extended from three to five years in 2020, as rugby bosses bid to stop stars switching allegiances. "Together, they will be very, very effective in progressing the team further".

All Blacks get Boks in 2019 WCup pool