Gregor Townsend 'excited' by Scotland's RWC draw

Gregor Townsend Credit: PA

Scotland's Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, says he's excited that his team will play hosts Japan in the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool draw.

The former Gala player takes over from New Zealander Vern Cotter, who coached Scotland to their highest ever ranking of fifth in the world following a successful Six Nations Campaign.

The boys in blue will also face 2016 Six Nations Champions Ireland in Pool A, whilst England were drawn with France and Argentina.

"The first reaction is one of excitement that we know which pool we’ll be in. The Rugby World Cup now comes in to sharper focus for everyone and it looks, from the draw today, like it’s going to be another great tournament.

“It’s a new venue for the World Cup and I’m sure there’ll be a lot of interest in our Pool draw, especially when we get there, because we’re taking on the host country.

“The 2015 World Cup was a great tournament with some brilliant rugby played and I’m sure the next one in Japan will be even better.”

– Gregor Townsend, speaking to Scottish Rugby

Pool A will be completed by and the remaining group qualifiers ‘Europe 1’, and the ‘Play-Off Winner’.

The pool draws are as follows:

  • Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner
  • Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repachage winner
  • Pools C: England, France, Argentina, Americas 1, Oceania 2
  • Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Oceania 1, Americas 2