England, France get tough World Cup draw

England's draw in Pool C alongside age-old rival France, and 2015 semifinalist Argentina, evoked memories of its nightmare showing four years ago.

England head coach Eddie Jones attends the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool Draw ceremony in Kyoto, western Japan on Wednesday.   -  Reuters

England and France were drawn in the same pool alongside Argentina as they were handed a tough assignment for the 2019 World Cup on Wednesday.

Holder New Zealand was bracketed with South Africa and Italy, while host Japan got a kinder draw against Ireland and Scotland at a ceremony in Kyoto.

England's draw in Pool C alongside age-old rival France, and 2015 semifinalist Argentina, evoked memories of its nightmare showing four years ago.

On home turf, the 2003 champion embarrassingly failed to reach the knockouts after landing in a group with Wales, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay.

Twelve teams were included in Wednesday's draw by virtue of finishing in the top three of their groups at the 2015 tournament.

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

Draw for 2019 World Cup
  • 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

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