Ireland have been handed a favourable draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The draw has taken place this morning in Kyoto, Japan.
Joe Schmidt’s men have been drawn in Pool A, alongside Scotland, hosts Japan, the Europe 1 qualifer and a play-off winner.
As top seeds, Ireland were guaranteed to avoid New Zealand, England or Australia in the pool stages.
Joe Schmidt has given his reaction to the draw:
England have been drawn in the Pool of Death for the second tournament in-a-row, alongside France and Argentina.
England were knocked out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at the Pool stage, after losing to Wales and Australia.
Australia will face Wales again in 2019, with both sides selected in Pool D alongside Georgia.
Conor O’Shea’s Italy have been handed a very tough draw, against Champions New Zealand and South Africa.
Ireland are likely to meet either New Zealand or South Africa, if they get through the pool.
The Pool A winners will face the Pool B runner-up in the quarter finals, with the Pool B winner face the Pool A runner-up.
The Pool C winner will meet the Pool D runner-up, and the Pool D winner will take on the Pool C runner-up.
The tournament gets underway in September 2019.
Japan head coach Jamie Joseph gave his reaction to the draw immediately afterwards:
You can watch the draw back in full here.