RWC19 draw: England handed toughest group with France and Argentina

England will need to arise from debatably the toughest 2019 RWC pool when they bid for global glory in Japan. Wednesday’s pool draw at the Kyoto State Guest House saw Eddie Jones’ men grouped alongside France and Argentina. Fans who want to watch the live action of Rugby World Cup 2019 can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online.

RWC19 draw: England handed toughest group with France and Argentina
RWC19 draw: England handed toughest group with France and Argentina

The group is completed by two qualifiers from the Americas and Oceania, USA and Tonga.

At the 2015 competition, England was gathered with Australia and Wales and failed to reach the knockout phase, making unwelcome history as the first RWC host nation not to secure a last-eight spot.

Below the impressive leadership of Australian Jones, though, England boarded on a long undefeated run that ended in March with defeat to Ireland, and have won two successive Six Nations titles, so they are likely to start the competition as group favorites.

But France is presentation signs of substantial improvement under new head coach Guy Noves, and Argentina is consistent top-drawer WC performers.

Ireland and Scotland were pooled together at the draw, with Japan also in their pool.

Ireland will be favorites to win Pool A as they set about trying to improve a World Cup record that has never seen them progress beyond the quarter-finals.

Host nation Japan is likely to eye strongly, though, while Scotland, who beat Japan in the 2015 pool phase, will not lack confidence. The group also includes Russia and Samoa.

Wales have drawn Australia for the second successive CWC – Georgia is also in their pool – while there is a shuddering showdown ahead among holders New Zealand and twice world champions South Africa in Pool B.

RWC19 draw: England handed toughest group with France and Argentina
RWC19 draw: England handed toughest group with France and Argentina

Wales once again find themselves in straight competition with the Wallabies, a team they have reliably struggled to beat throughout head coach Warren Gatland’s nine-year training reign.

The present record shows that Wales has suffered 12 consecutive defeats against Australia, having not beaten them since 2008.

Wales lost to Australia through the 2015 RWC, and they also face tough hostility from rapidly-improving Georgia, whom Wales encounter for the first time during their autumn Test calendar later this year.

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