Rugby World Cup 2019: England draw Argentina and France but Eddie Jones dismisses pool of death fears

 
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All smiles: Jones said England will not be fazed by a tough pool draw (Source: Getty)

England head coach Eddie Jones says he is unfazed after the 2019 Rugby World Cup draw put England in a "pool of death" for the second successive tournament.

Jones's men will be pitted against two tier one sides in Argentina and France, both of whom have reached the semi-finals in two out of the last three World Cups.

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

Yet Jones said his back-to-back Six Nations-winning team would be ready to face anyone at the tournament in Japan after years of preparation and planning.

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"I'm excited by the draw," said Jones.

"We want to win the World Cup in 2019, and to win it, we need to be ready to play and beat anyone. Our pool will be highly competitive and full of intensity, a World Cup group should be – history shows that you need to win seven games to win the tournament, and we will greatly respect every team we play.

"We will be ready. Our detailed planning for the group, and the tournament, starts now. Everything we do, every game we play, and every day we train is aimed at continuously improving and is focused on our ultimate goal of winning the World Cup."

England crashed out of their home World Cup in the pool stage two years ago after being drawn in the toughest group of the competition, featuring both Australia and Wales.

No team has ever lost in the pool stage and gone on to win the trophy outright.

Elsewhere in Japan, New Zealand are set for a heavyweight clash against southern hemisphere rivals South Africa in Pool B.

Both Ireland and Scotland will fancy their chances alongside hosts Japan in Pool A, while Wales face Australia and Georgia in Pool D.

The Rugby World Cup 2019 draw in full:

Pool A Pool B

Ireland

Scotland

Japan

Europe 1

Play-off winner

New Zealand

South Africa

Italy

Africa 1

Repechage winner

Pool C Pool D

England

France

Argentina

Americas 1

Oceania 2

Australia

Wales

Georgia

Oceania 1

Americas 2

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