By Tom Copeland
England have been drawn against Australia and Wales in pool A of the 2015 Rugby World Cup following the draw in the Tate Modern today.
The World Cup will be held in stadiums across England including possibly the home of Brighton and Hove Albion, The Amex Stadium.
England, world cup winners in 2003, will look to brush aside some tough competition from ‘the group of death’ in the early stages in their fight for a second world cup trophy in a dozen years.
Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It is definitely a tough pool and to win the World Cup you have to win big games”.
Scotland also have a tough draw to reach the knockout stages, with games against southern hemisphere teams South Africa and Samoa in pool B.
The final home nation, Ireland, are drawn with France and Italy in a battle of the European nations in pool D.
The final pool, C, will most probably prove to be an easy route to the knockout stages for reigning champions New Zealand, who will play Argentina and Tonga.
The final two qualifiers from each group are yet to be confirmed but will be filled by nations from Oceania, Asia, Europe and The Americas, depending on ranking positions.
The England rugby team will now look towards a successful Six Nations campaign where they will aim to make a mark against their Welsh counterparts in the first stage up one-upmanship in the run up to 2015.