WORLD CUP 2019: Now it is real

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:17

VIDEO REACTION: rugby365 brings you reaction from a number of coaches, after the release of the schedule for the 2019 World Cup.

England coach Eddie Jones says the start of the World Cup seems very real.

Jones' side take on Tonga, the United States, Argentina and France.

"When you see your team and who you are actually playing against in the venue it becomes a lot more real," said Jones.

England's hopes of knocking the mighty All Blacks off their perch were complicated by a horror draw earlier this year.

England have a mixed World Cup record against three-time finalists France, their last meeting a quarterfinal defeat in 2011.

They have won both of their World Cup games so far against Argentina, but the swashbuckling Pumas are capable of beating anyone on their day.

"Our aim is to win the World Cup and support for the team will be an important factor," said Jones.

"We hope to see as many England fans as possible getting behind us in Japan as we try to achieve our ultimate goal."

New Zealand will avoid England, France or Argentina in the quarterfinals, beginning on October 19, with two of the Group C trio set to collide with the top two in Group D, widely expected to be Australia and Wales.

Two-time champions Australia face a potentially tricky opener against Fiji in Pool D, where rivals Wales open against Georgia.

"No matter where or when we've got to be ready for it," Wallabies coach Michael Cheika told local media.

"We don't need to know now what the colour of the grass is."

Wales coach Warren Gatland also said once you have the full details, the "excitement" for the tournament really grows.

"We have spoken recently about our aims and belief for 2019 and how our focus over the next two years is to provide a platform for us to peak in Japan," Gatland said.

"With this announcement we can continue our planning and preparation for the tournament in finer detail.

"We kick off the tournament against Georgia before facing Australia, both of whom we play this November in Cardiff.

"We then have a good block of time before facing Fiji in Oita, before the short turnaround before our final pool encounter versus Americas Two.

"We have four cities to visit so it is important we buy into the culture of Japan and the tournament."

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 25 November 2017
Bath v Harlequins 11h15 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Zebre v Munster 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 14h00 Madejski Stadium
WORLD CUP
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 17
Wales 4 3 0 1 13
England 4 2 0 2 11
Fiji 4 1 0 3 5
Uruguay 4 0 0 4 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa 4 3 0 1 16
Scotland 4 3 0 1 14
Japan 4 3 0 1 12
Samoa 4 1 0 3 6
United States 4 0 0 4 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 19
Argentina 4 3 0 1 15
Georgia 4 2 0 2 8
Tonga 4 1 0 3 6
Namibia 4 0 0 4 1
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 4 4 0 0 18
France 4 3 0 1 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 10
Romania 4 1 0 3 4
Canada 4 0 0 4 2