BREAKING: Springboks drawn alongside All Blacks in Pool B of 2019 Rugby World Cup

BY MARC JACOBSON - MAY 10, 2017
BREAKING: Springboks drawn alongside All Blacks in Pool B of 2019 Rugby World Cup

At the revealing of the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool draws in Japan on Wednesday morning, South Africa were at random in band two (out of four teams), picked out in Pool B.

The Springboks were to their most unanticipated outcome, drawn alongside world rugby powerhouse and number one-ranked, New Zealand, who was picked out in Pool B for the first band of seeds.

This will be the first time in the 30-year Rugby World Cup history that the two traditional rivals have been grouped together in the same Pool.

Italy was drawn in the third band of seeds in Pool B to accompany the aforementioned Southern rivals. In the fourth band, Africa 1 was picked out, which has in every Rugby World Cup since 1995, been Namibia.

The fifth band seed picked out was the Repechage Winner, which is the country to win the World Cup qualifications that were either runners-up or third-placed on the other continents’ (Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe) qualifications.

All seed draws were drawn at random for their respective bands.

All 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool draws:

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

Image: The Springboks facing the All Blacks' haka in a Rugby Championship encounter.