For the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the Springboks has been drawn with the holders New Zealand and Italy in Pool B.
The Allocation Draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup happened in Kyoto, Japan on Wednesday. It saw South Africa emerge as one of the five teams in Pool B for the 2019 tournament.
Below is the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pools:
- 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
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee attended the draw at the Kyoto State Guest House alongside representatives from the other 11 qualified teams. Speaking, Coetzee remarked that he’s satisfied with the outcome of the draw.
He said: “…To us it doesn’t matter who we are drawn against because to win the Rugby World Cup, you have to beat the best teams out there.
“The pools consist of five teams each and history shows that you need to win at least three of your four pool matches to be sure of a place in the play-offs.
“We will focus on our journey towards the RWC 2019 and make sure we are ready and well prepared.”
Divulging that his team has been working hard to ensure improved results since they returned from the 2016 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour, Coach Coetzee said:
“If ever there was testimony that the gaps between the top teams have closed, then we saw that at the over the past few months in the Northern Hemisphere.
With New Zealand established as the number one side, there is also very little to choose between the top sides in the world, while the next batch of teams continues to improve.”
Records have it that the Boks and New Zealand national rugby union team, All Blacks have battled four times in Rugby World Cups. Both sides can boast of two victories in the four meetings.
The first clash was in 1995 Final which the Boks won (15-12). South Africa defeated All Black again in 1999 (22 – 18) and pocketed the bronze medal.
In 2003, New Zealand came out tops in the quarter-final crushing South Africa (29 – 9). They again, defeated the Boks (20 – 18) in the 2015 semi-final.