Eddie Jones' England side will have to play France and Argentina in the opening group stage for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Northern Hemisphere rivals Scotland and Ireland will face off in group A and are joined by the hosts.

Pool D sees Australia and Wales encounter a replay of the 2015 tournament which eventually saw both sides progress to the knockout stages at the embarrassment of England. The two teams are once again joined by Georgia.

Defending champions will be confident of retaining the Web Ellis Cup as they are pitted against a South African side in turmoil and a fading Italian squad for group B qualification.

"It's massively exciting, a unique country and unique culture" England Head Coach, Eddie Jones, told the BBC.

England became the first host nation side to exit the tournament at the group stages at the 2015 World Cup.

Jones has impressed with England since taking charge from Stuart Lancaster, completing a 3-0 whitewash in Australia and back to back 6 nations titles, including a Grand Slam triumph at his first attempt.

England travel to Argentina in June where they will get some practice facing the pumas in two tests although they will be missing their Lions contingent who will be in New Zealand.

The French have 'really improved' during the last couple of six nations tournaments, added Jones.

He went on to say that England are going to Japan to win and they will happy to beat whoever is put in front of them.

The England Head coach accepted that it is a difficult draw and competition will be at a high but his aim is to win 7 matches.

20 teams will travel to Japan for the competition that takes place from 20th September until 2nd November.

12 teams have already qualified by finishing in the top 3 of their groups at the previous 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The other 8 teams to be added will need to qualify in a process culminating in 2018.

Full Draw Japan Rugby World Cup Group Stage 2019

Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner (Europe 2 v Oceania 3)

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

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Eddie Jones should have all the tools and knowledge at his disposal after leading an expressive Japan side at the last World Cup in England.

There is the small matter of a lions tour to New Zealand before the home nations can begin to prepare for 2019.

The 41 man Lions squad made up of players from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland travel to New Zealand for their opening tour match against New Zealand Provincial Barbarians on the 3rd June. Warren Gatland's side will then go on to play 3 tests against the All Blacks.