All Blacks to face Springboks in 2019 World Cup

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Holders New Zealand will face South Africa in the pool stage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, while England will be up against Argentina and France.

The All Blacks, winners of the last two World Cups, were on Wednesday drawn to take on the Springboks, Italy and two yet-to-be-confirmed nations in Pool B.

Eddie Jones' England, ranked second in the world, have been given a tricky draw with Argentina, who were fourth in the last World Cup two years ago, and resurgent France.

Hosts Japan will be up against Scotland for the second successive World Cup in a Pool A which also includes Ireland.

Australia, runners-up in the showpiece in England two years ago, lock horns with Wales and Georgia in Pool D.

 

The draw in full:

Pool A
Ireland
Scotland
Japan
Europe 1
Play-off winner

Pool B
New Zealand
South Africa
Italy
Africa 1
Repechage winner

Pool C
England
France
Argentina
Americas 1
Oceania 2

Pool D
Australia
Wales
Georgia
Oceania 1
Americas 2