The Rugby World Cup draw took place in Kyoto today, as the 12 teams that have already qualified learned who their pool opponents would be when the tournament kicks off on September 20, 2019. You've got to beat good teams and we've got two big games against France and Argentina.
England, coached by former Japan boss Eddie Jones is in Pool C alongside France, Argentina, Americas 1 and Oceania 2.
A screen showing the drawn pools is pictured at the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw at Kyoto State Guest House in Kyoto.
At the 2015 World Cup, England were grouped with Australia and Wales and failed to reach the knockout phase.
Elsewhere in Japan, New Zealand are set for a heavyweight clash against southern hemisphere rivals South Africa in Pool B.
Japan's only loss in the 2015 World Cup pool stage was to Scotland, thanks to an unhelpful draw.
One of the myriad of possibilities within the draw could see a Rugby Championship dominated pool with New Zealand or Australia, South Africa and Argentina.
Holders New Zealand face South Africa and Italy in Pool B. If they and England top their groups and come through the quarter-finals they will meet in the last four.
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"It's all very exciting, we have two Tests against Argentina in June so we can practice a little bit", said Jones.
The Boks' world ranking dropped from third at the beginning of 2016 to seventh in March this year, which meant that they fell into band two for the draw.
"We know Ireland pretty well and have a couple more opportunities to play them before the World Cup", said incoming Scotland coach Gregor Townsend. "France have really improved over the last two years so they'll be a tough team".
There has been a belief in recent seasons that Joe Schmidt's side are capable of becoming the first Irish outfit to qualify for the semi-finals of a World Cup.
Abe added: "Soon the Rugby World Cup will bring bring the greatest rugby players in the world to Japan.it will be the flawless chance to showcase this sport to the rest of Asia, which holds over half the world's population".
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen, who was involved in the draw, said he was pleased with the outcome of the draw and was looking forward to a great tournament.
"Lastly (for the play-off winners), it could be Tonga or Samoa or Fiji depending on how that works out, because they've traditionally got through and got really strong representation in the previous World Cups".