Ireland were this morning drawn with Japan and Scotland in Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Joe Schmidt’s side avoided Argentina in Band 3, as well as Wales, South Africa and France in Band 2.
All in all, it was as good a result as could have been hoped for from an Irish perspective, even though there could be a mammoth task ahead in a potential quarter-final.
Jamie Heaslip was one member of the Irish team that was delighted with the news.
Jamie Heaslip punched the air when Ireland were drawn in pool one with Scotland and Japan. “We are happy with it. There are tougher groups.”
— Alex Lowe (@AlexMLowe) May 10, 2017
Of course, this can understandably frustrate any Scotland fans, who were quick to point out the recent Six Nations meeting between the two sides.
— Steve Scott (@C_SScott) May 10, 2017
— John Lang (@langj83) May 10, 2017
— Derek Mathieson (@dingoderek) May 10, 2017
@AlexMLowe So Japan v the All Black’s qf and Bok V Scot qf excellent.
— Weebs (@k_alastair) May 10, 2017
In Heaslip’s defence, it was a private reaction, and the draw could have been far worse for the Irish.
However, they will face menacing tasks in the form of host nation Japan as well as an improving Scotland side who will be under the stewardship of Gregor Townsend.
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