Ireland's 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool Opponents Revealed

Evrard Martin
Mai 13, 2017

"It will be one of the games of the tournament where hopefully we play really good rugby and inspire the tournament to go to a higher level".

The two sides were drawn together in Pool A for the tournament alongside Ireland, while a European qualifier and a cross-continental play-off victor will complete what is shaping up to be a competitive group.

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

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.

Whoever the All Blacks faced in their 2019 Rugby World cup pool makes no difference to coach Steve Hansen.

"Australians probably won't know a lot about them but they're a team being run by a few Kiwi lads and they're on the up and up", he said.

The Six Nations champions learned on Wednesday they will be up against France and Argentina along with two qualifiers at the tournament, having infamously failed to progress from a group containing Australia and Wales on home soil two years ago.

All qualifying will be finished by the end of next year.

Another eight teams from Oceania, Europe, the Americas and Africa will be added after qualifying for the tournament in Japan in two years' time.

"They certainly will be [better]", Read told Radio Sport. Everything we do, every game we play and every day we train is aimed at continuously improving and is focussed on our ultimate goal of winning the World Cup.

"The minute you stop thinking like that is the minute you get in the water".

"I think in terms of our team we've got a base of guys in the squad who will hopefully be around, but it's form dependent and injuries come into it".

"It's all about making sure you're doing the right thing, but in saying that it's a wee way away, there's a pretty big [British and Irish Lions] tour coming up in a month or so".

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