Pocock not fazed by 'pool of death' draw for Rugby World Cup

IT HAS already been dubbed the "Pool of Death", but Wallabies flanker David Pocock is not scared of taking the plunge during the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Australia, England and Wales were all drawn together in Pool A when the draw was made in London yesterday morning.

It means one of the sport's traditional powers will be knocked out before the quarter-finals, as only the top two teams from each of the four pools will advance to the knockout stages.

The pool will be completed by a qualifier from the Oceania region, expected to be Fiji, and the winner of a playoff, possibly Uruguay.

If Australia can top the pool, it should avoid playing the defending champion All Blacks or the Springboks until the final.

Based on the current IRB rankings, the Wallabies are likely to play France, Ireland or Argentina in the semi-finals.

But getting to that stage won't be easy as Pocock and his teammates will have to tackle England and Wales on their respective home grounds of Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Pocock is not worried by the thought of that.

"I am pretty excited about it. Yes it is a tough pool but there are not any easy pools in the competition," Pocock said.

"Drawing the hosts will obviously add a lot of excitement and hype around that game and as a player it is something to look forward to.

"It is going to be huge, looking at the way the Olympics was hosted and talking to people who travelled here from Australia to be part of it, it was a good show and it will be no different at the home of rugby."

England captain Chris Robshaw is also well aware of the challenging task at hand for his nation in the pool.

"Of course it's going to be a tough group but if you look at all the groups, they are all tough," he said.

"That's the beauty of the World Cup that it is the best teams in the world and it is that prestigious tournament that everyone loves to play in."

South Africa headline Pool B with Scotland, Samoa and qualifiers from Asia and the Americas.

Defending champions New Zealand face Rugby Championship rivals Argentina in Pool C, plus Tonga and qualifiers from Europe and Africa.

France meet Ireland and Italy in Pool D, as well as opponents from Europe and the Americas
The World Cup will run from September 18 to October 31, with the final at Twickenham.

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