England, Wales to be avoided in RWC draw

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    The Wallabies will be hoping to avoid rising England and faltering Six Nations champions Wales when the 2015 Rugby World Cup draw is held early Tuesday morning (AEDT).

    Australia pulled off grinding and somewhat fortunate wins over the English and Welsh in the past three weeks – to guarantee a top pool seeding – but want neither nation drawn alongside them in three years time.

    All will be revealed when the International Rugby Board holds its pool allocation draw at 2am in London, the scene of the next RWC final.

    Ranked No.3 in the world, the Wallabies are in band one on the IRB rankings with defending champions New Zealand, South Africa and France also to be top seeds.

    Despite England’s dominant 38-21 victory over the All Blacks on the weekend, the hosts remain the game’s fifth-ranked nation and stand out as the strongest second-band team, ahead of Ireland, Samoa and Argentina.

    With home support and a young, attacking team, Stuart Lancaster’s men are tipped to be a major contender and 2003 World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward rightly says none of the top sides want to meet them in pool play.

    “It makes the draw fascinating, given England have just demolished New Zealand,” Woodward told the BBC.

    “That one result will make the southern hemisphere teams sit up and say for once ‘we want to keep away from England’.”

    Sidelined Wallabies captain James Horwill stressed home ground advantage would make England a more dangerous prospect.

    “When any team plays at home in a World Cup that’s an advantage for them … you saw that last time with New Zealand,” he told AAP.

    While the Wallabies won’t fear Wales, whoever draws them will automatically find themselves in the “pool of death” as three leading nations will be fighting for two quarter-final spots.

    The Red Dragons went unbeaten through the Six Nations just eight months ago but have slipped to ninth in the world on the back of seven straight losses.

    Four of those have come in tight matches against Australia, including two heart-breaking last-gasp defeats with Mike Harris kicking truly in Melbourne and Kurtley Beale scoring with 23 seconds left in Cardiff.

    “It shows there isn’t much difference between the top nations – they were very close to making the World Cup final last year,” Horwill said.

    “Things haven’t fallen their way this year and it also shows you can’t read too much into (World Cup) form this far out.”

    Italy, Tonga and Scotland round out band three with Wales, while minnow qualifiers will complete the 20-strong field which is divided into four pools of five.

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    • December 3rd 2012 @ 10:43pm
      Rugby said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:43pm | ! Report

      I am hoping Wales have the Wallabies and Ireland – the tide will change and when it finally does they’ll close the games out. Even SA will be an okay draw. Though I think Australia’s rank flatters them, but anyway the Wallabies should fear Wales because they have been outplayed by them in several games. One day, chances will be converted into points and jammy forward passes won’t be the match winning score.

      Samoa to win the WC.

    • Roar Rookie

      December 3rd 2012 @ 10:50pm
      Neuen said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:50pm | ! Report

      We will end up with Australia and Wales 10 to 1.

    • December 4th 2012 @ 2:47am
      Sam said | December 4th 2012 @ 2:47am | ! Report

      anyway its the pool of death for Australia now with Wales and England so much for avoiding them im pretty nervous
      now im relieved we have 3 years to prepare for it.

      • December 4th 2012 @ 5:31am
        Jerry said | December 4th 2012 @ 5:31am | ! Report

        Also, Aus will have a hard 1/4 opponent with either Eng/SA/Wales. Really tough draw for the Wallabies.

        Samoa will be pleased with their draw, they’d back themselves to make the 1/4’s at least.

        • Roar Guru

          December 4th 2012 @ 4:06pm
          Jiggles said | December 4th 2012 @ 4:06pm | ! Report

          meh if they want to win the RWC they have to expect some tough games. If Beating England at Twickers at a home RWC isn’t a motivation then I don’t know what is.

    • Roar Rookie

      December 4th 2012 @ 2:56am
      Neuen said | December 4th 2012 @ 2:56am | ! Report

      Can anyone say rigged rather than random draw?

    • Roar Rookie

      December 4th 2012 @ 3:21am
      HERSH said | December 4th 2012 @ 3:21am | ! Report

      Bugger.

    • December 4th 2012 @ 4:11am
      krisl said | December 4th 2012 @ 4:11am | ! Report

      Pool A
      Australia
      England
      Wales
      Qualifier (Oceania 1)
      Qualifier (Playoff winner)

      Which one is going to be eliminated first……….. Australia?

      • December 4th 2012 @ 4:28am
        bluerose said | December 4th 2012 @ 4:28am | ! Report

        we have a sick pool, its a huge possibility we will be eliminated first, unless theres some major improvement and consistency in the next 2yrs with quality depth, we either need Coops back or have JOC/CL @ #10 with Beale switching back to #15, we need all our players fit and on form, it will be interesting to see what CL, Tomane, Folau can offer, maybe have something like.
        9-Will Genia.
        10-Quade Cooper/CL.
        11-Nick Cummins/Digby Ioane.
        12-Israel Folau.
        13-Joseph Tomane.
        14-James O’Connor.
        15-Kurtley Beale.

        – this backline has the speed, skills and more added power.

      • December 4th 2012 @ 4:35am
        Johnno said | December 4th 2012 @ 4:35am | ! Report

        Not a good draw for the aussies 2 home unions in there pool at a home union world cup. Ha ha i can’t wait for the all the aussies in 3 years time to be whinging about the IRB refs going to be very funny, if the aussies lose.

        • December 4th 2012 @ 10:04am
          Wales15 said | December 4th 2012 @ 10:04am | ! Report

          That would be very rich considering they have had so many lucky outcomes as a consequence of refs this year.

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