Gatland 'pretty happy' with World Cup draw

NZ are in Pool B alongside the Springboks and Italy with two other countries yet to be named.

Two nations who will qualify from the Americas and Oceania qualifying events will complete the pool.

Former Wales wing Shane Williams installed Australia as favourites to top Pool D, but insisted Warren Gatland's side must be happy with their draw.

"To get through to the final we're going to have to be bulletproof".

"We know Ireland pretty well and have a couple more opportunities to play them before the World Cup", said incoming Scotland coach Gregor Townsend. "There is a lot of good history between the two teams and it will be one of the games of the tournament".

The World Cup will take place between September 20 and November 2 2019.Meanwhile, England received a horror draw for the second straight Rugby World Cup when they landed in a tough pool alongside France and Argentina.

The Wallabies have received the best draw possible for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Asked about negotiating what French counterpart Guy Noves described as the pool of "death", Jones joked that he would head for one of Kyoto's famed temples to ask for help. "By the time the World Cup comes around, any one of those sides could win", Hansen said.

They were divided into three "bands" based on their current world rankings, with the first band including New Zealand (top-ranked), England (second), Australia (third) and Ireland (fourth). The 1991 champions and two-time finalists face another arduous pool in Japan. [The Play-Off Winner] could well be Tonga, Samoa or Fiji. "Realistically it's a group where Australia will be favourites, but Wales can do well there and we have to be optimistic".

The winners of QF 1 and QF 2 would meet in the semi-finals as would the winners of QF 3 and QF 4.

Australia have never previously played Georgia, who are renowned for their abrasive forward play.

There were gasps from the Japanese in the audience at the draw when the hosts were paired with Scotland.

Scotland in the outright betting, are to finish top of Pool A in which Ireland are just.

Should the Wallabies advance from Pool D, they will face the runners-up from Pool D - most likely France or Argentina and possibly England.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got proceedings underway by drawing the ball that confirmed Japan would join Pool A. Japan became the first winners of three pool matches to fail to reach the quarterfinals.

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