Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pool of Death Avoided; Wallabies Get a Favourable Draw for Cup

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pool of Death Avoided; Wallabies Get a Favourable Draw for Cup

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Byline: Iain Payten The Daily Telegraph

RUGBY UNION: A dream draw has helped the Wallabies avoid another dip in a pool of death at the 2019 Rugby World Cup but coach Michael Cheika says complacency won't be tolerated in their campaign.

The draw for the World Cup in Japan was held in Kyoto and in comparison to their tough pool in the last World Cup, the Wallabies were grouped with a far less frightening Wales and Georgia in pool D.

The group will also contain two yet-to-be-determined qualifiers from Oceania (Fiji, Tonga or Samoa) the Americas, which will be between the USA, Canada and Uruguay.

Cheika wasn't buying into it but the result of the draw is, by any measure, a good one for Australia. Compared to 2015, when Australia, England and Wales had to fight for two spots in the playoffs, the Welsh haven't beaten Australia in 12 attempts since 2009 and Georgia are plucky minnow who've never beaten a major Test nation.

Additionally, the Wallabies landed on the other side of the draw from both New Zealand and South Africa, who are both in pool B. …

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