Scotland and Japan await Ireland in 2019 Rugby World Cup

Wales Sioned Harries in action against Ireland

Wales Women finished fifth in the 2017 Six Nations

Should the Wallabies, as expected, advance from Pool D, they will face the runners-up from Pool D - most likely France or Argentina and possibly England.

The Springboks won their biggest cup match, the 1995 final that was portrayed in the movie "Invictus", but the All Blacks have won their last two cup matches, including in the 2015 semifinals. To make the final we have got four very tough games.

"They have shown real consistency over the past two or three years". They are one of the best teams in the world.

In 2015, it was slightly embarrassing that we had a second Rugby Championship in England as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina contested the semifinals.

The national team have been given a tough task when it comes to following up Six Nations success with a World Cup win at Tokyo 2019...

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"We want to win the World Cup and to do that we need to be well prepared and there are no better teams that France and Argentina".

At the draw in Kyoto, eight slots were allocated to the teams yet to qualify.

Australia (3) and Ireland (4) are also in the top band so can't face the Red Rose in the pool stages.

After crashing out of the 2015 tournament having been handed the toughest possible group assignment, England saw history repeat itself when the draw for Japan 2019 was made.

On current form and predictions you would expect England to top Pool C and Wales to finish second in Pool D which would see the two foes meet in the quarterfinals. The 1991 champions and two-time finalists face another arduous pool in Japan.

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The English have added steel under coach Eddie Jones, equalling New Zealand's world-record 18 straight Test wins before Ireland prevented them from completing back-to-back Grand Slams in March.

England are also set to face either the United States or Canada and Fiji or Samoa in a devilish group.

France, though, are showing signs of considerable improvement under new head coach Guy Noves, and Argentina are consistent top-drawer performers at World Cup tournaments. It's the same if it's New Zealand in the semi-final.

Today, Ireland were drawn alongside Scotland and Japan in Pool A for the 2019 World Cup. "To win the World Cup you have to win seven games". Scotland, fresh and playing their first match, beat Japan 45-10.

Ireland and Scotland were pooled together with hosts Japan at Wednesday's draw, which took place in the Kyoto State Guest House.

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