No World Cup easybeats, Cheika warns

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Assistant coach Ian Foster believes the All Blacks will face a stern challenge in pool play at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup draw has been made, placing Ireland in Pool A alongside Scotland and host nation Japan, writes Steve Neville.

"We've got two very big games against France and Argentina so it's great preparation for getting to the final stages".

Australia, twice champions and the 2015 runners-up, will become reacquainted with Wales in Pool D, which also includes 11th-ranked Georgia.

The majority of our players who will feature in the next World Cup have already had that first contact with them and the style of rugby they aspire to play.

England are in the top group of seeds for the tournament.

New Zealand's clash with South Africa promises to be the pool stage highlight, but reigning world champions the All Blacks will not be unduly anxious by a group that also features Italy, Africa 1 and the repechage victor.

Ireland have been drawn with Scotland and hosts Japan in a favourable draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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

"It's all very exciting, we have two Tests against Argentina in June so we can practice a little bit", said Jones.

The other two qualifiers are so far identified only as Europe 1 and Play-off Winners. "By time World Cup comes around any one of those sides could win", Hansen said.

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. "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".

When asked about France, Jones said: "They've really improved over the last two years and they're certainly a risky team".

"No one's going to die", added Jones, who has led England to back-to-back Six Nations titles since taking over from Stuart Lancaster.

Yes, the Azzurri beat the Springboks last time they met in November, but it would take a fearless man to bet against South Africa restoring some pride in their national game by the time the World Cup rolls around.