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The Irish Rugby Reaction To That Very Favourable World Cup Draw

The Irish Rugby Reaction To That Very Favourable World Cup Draw
By Balls Team

The draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup took place in Kyoto on Wednesday morning. After proceedings which went on long enough to ensure Joe Schmidt now qualifies for Japan under residency rules, Ireland were given a very favourable draw for the tournament.

Drawn in Pool A, Ireland will face Scotland and hosts Japan. The other two teams in Ireland's group are yet to be decided. Though, Tonga and Romania are strong possibilities.

Given that the draw could not have gone much better for Ireland - some would have preferred Georgia rather than hosts Japan - reaction has mostly been positive.

Jamie Heaslip reportedly punched the air upon hearing Ireland's draw.

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If the format of the tournament follows that of the 2015 World Cup, it's likely that Ireland will face the runners-up of Pool B if they top Pool A. The top two seeds in that pool are New Zealand and South Africa. That has caused some to temper their excitement.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

See Also: Ireland Get Favourable Pool Stage Draw For 2019 Rugby World Cup

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