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New Zealand draw Argentina and Tonga at 2015 Rugby World Cup

The All Blacks have drawn Argentina and Tonga in the pool stage at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where they will look to defend the title they won last year

 
 

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THE All Blacks have drawn  Argentina and Tonga in the pool stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where they will look to defend the title they won last year.

The pool allocation draw was made in London on Monday, following the conclusion of the November internationals in Europe.

Despite their shock 38-21 loss to England at Twickenham on Saturday, New Zealand were still the world’s No 1 ranked team.

The top four, which also included South Africa, Australia and France, were the number one seeds for each of the four pools of five.

The All Blacks were drawn with Argentina from the second tier of teams, and Tonga  from the third.

Those three teams will be joined by qualifiers from Europe and Africa.

The final two teams will not be known until closer to the tournament, which is being hosted by England.

Pool A appears to be the group of death, with Australia, England and Wales drawn to play each other.

The tournament begins in 1018 days.

At the same event the IRB awards winners were named, which were a New Zealand clean sweep.

The All Blacks were named Team of the Year, Dan Carter was Player of the Year, and Steven Hansen Coach of the Year.

The pools-

Pool A: Australia, England, Wales, Oceania 1, playoff winner

Pool B: South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Asia 1, Americas 2

Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1, Africa 1

Pool D: France, Ireland, Italy, Americas 1, Europe 2

IMAGE: rugbyworldcup.com

 
 

 
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