February 22, 2018

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James Haskell has insisted England will adopt a phlegmatic approach to staring down the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool of death.

"The 2015 World Cup was a great tournament with some brilliant rugby played and I'm sure the next one in Japan will be even better".

Australia will be looking to go one better than two years ago and will meet Wales and Georgia in Pool D.

England and France were drawn against each other and Argentina as they were handed a tough assignment for the 2019 World Cup on Wednesday.

England's Eddie Jones (centre) with Australia coach Michael Cheika (left) and Allister Coetzee, of South Africa.

In the last World Cup, England found themselves in the group of death and duly became the first host nation to crash out of the tournament without making it to the knockouts.

The draw was held on Wednesday and the Africa victor will join reigning champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and repechage victor in Group B.

Scotland will be facing Ireland in a World Cup for only the second time.

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South Africa's slump to seventh in the world means the 1995 and 2007 champions face the All Blacks for the first time in the pool stage of a World Cup.

Both Ireland and Scotland are drawn in Pool A along with tournament hosts Japan in another pool that will prove tough to emerge from, given the Brave Blossoms' brilliant underdog victory over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks and England, now the top two teams in the world, would meet in a tantalising semi-final if they both win their pools and got through their quarter-finals.

"If you want to be the best team in the world then you've got to beat all the best teams", said Haskell.

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

The Wallabies' other Pool D opponents during what shapes as a saloon passage through to the quarter-finals will be Georgia and two yet-to-be-determined qualifiers from Oceania and the Americas 2 division - probably Fiji and Canada. "France have really improved over the last two years so they'll be a tough team".

"We've been working hard since arriving back from the 2016 outgoing tour to ensure improved results from now on forward, with the Rugby World Cup on the distant horizon".

The group will be rounded off by yet-to-qualify teams from the Americas - likely to be one of Uruguay, Canada or the US - and Oceania - likely one of the Pacific Island power-houses, who themselves are no pushovers.

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