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All Blacks draw Springboks in 2019 Rugby World Cup pool

All Blacks draw Springboks in 2019 Rugby World Cup pool

If the All Blacks top Pool B, which also includes South Africa, Italy, Africa 1 (potentially Namibia) and a Repechage victor, then the runner up in Pool A awaits them in the quarter-finals.

"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".

Presuming the All-Blacks come in the expected first position, Ireland would most likely expect to play South Africa in their quarter final and the victor would go on to play the victor of Group D or the runner up of Group C.

"We're pretty happy with the draw - every group is going to have some tough teams in it but from a Welsh perspective, I'm happy how it's turned out". "We have two years to get ready".

We also know how the quarter-finals will go should Ireland advance.

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said their match-up against South Africa in Pool B would now give their annual Rugby Championship games extra meaning.

The action gets under way on September 20 2019 with the final at Yokohama Stadium on November 2.

World rugby have confirmed the structure for the knockout stages of the 2015 tournament will remain in place in 2019.

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.

Ireland, ranked in band one alongside England, Australia and New Zealand, look to face an easier path through to the knockout phase having been drawn in Pool A alongside Scotland and hosts Japan in addition to the Europe 1 qualifier (potentially Romania) and eventual play-off victor.

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Japan, the first Asian country to host the tournament, are in Pool A with Ireland and Scotland, while two-time victor Australia will take on Wales and Georgia in Pool D. The 1991 champions and two-time finalists face another arduous pool in Japan.

Pool B consists of the current World Cup holders New Zealand plus former champions South Africa and Conor O'Shea's Italy. [The Play-Off Winner] could well be Tonga, Samoa or Fiji.

"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".

Scotland have never lost to Japan and beat them in the 2015 tournament after Eddie Jones' side had shocked South Africa, but Townsend knows the host nation, now led by New Zealander Jamie Joseph, will be formidable opponents at home.

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