All Blacks avoid England in 2015 Rugby World Cup draw

Published 2:23 PM EST, Mon December 3, 2012

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All Blacks drawn with Argentina and Tonga in draw for 2015 Rugby World Cup

Tournament hosts England in toughest pool along with Australia and Wales

South Africa, the 2007 champions, will line up against Samoa and Scotland

Last year's runners-up France will take on Ireland and Italy in Group D

CNN —  

After England’s shock victory over top-ranked New Zealand on Saturday, rugby fans were delighting in the prospect that the two nations might be drawn together for the 2015 World Cup.

However, such a meeting will not happen before the knockout stages of the tournament after hosts England came out of the hat with Australia and Six Nations champions Wales and two qualifiers in Group A on Monday.

The All Blacks, who won the World Cup on home soil last year for the first time since its inaugural staging in 1987, will line up against Argentina, Tonga and a qualifier from Europe and Africa in Group C.

The Kiwis were top of the four seeds along with South Africa, Australia and last year’s runners-up France.

The French will take on Ireland, Italy and qualifiers from Europe and the Americas in Group D while the Springboks – champions in 2007 – will play Samoa, Scotland and teams from the Asia and Americas playoffs.

England unexpectedly halted New Zealand’s 20-match unbeaten run with a 38-21 win at Twickenham, having lost narrowly to South Africa and Australia in the traditional end-of-season tour matches by southern hemisphere sides.