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England Handed Tough Draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

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…

Eddie Jones’ England rugby team have been drawn against Argentina and France in what many are suggesting is the toughest group announced for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, due to take place in Tokyo from 20th September to 2nd November.

The 2003 World Cup winners haven’t had the easiest of times in recent years when it came to the biggest tournament in the sport. In 2015, they were the first ever host nation to exit the competition before the knockout stages, after they were dumped out of a “group of hell” which also included Australia and Wales. Incidentally, Wales will face Australia in a repeat of that tournament in 2019.

The full draw is as follows:


The top North and South America qualifier will be either USA or Canada, and the second-best Oceania qualifier will be one of Fiji, Samoa or Tonga.

"It's massively exciting, a unique country and unique culture," said England head coach Eddie Jones, who led Japan at the last World Cup, about the 2019 host nation. He also added that England will use the two tests against Argentina in June to “practice a little bit”, and said France “have really improved over the past two years and are certainly a dangerous team.”

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