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Ireland draw Australia and Italy in Rugby World Cup Draw
Sunday, 30th November 2008

December 1st 2008, London.

Ireland must be somewhat relieved not to draw Argentina once more in their World CUp pool. Drawn in Pool C, Ireland will face Australia and Italy as well as the qualifiers from Europe 2 and Americas 2.

Commenting after the draw, irish Coach Declan Kidney said: "It is a fantastic way to kick off the competition but it's so far out it is impossible to say who will be around and what players will be showing form. Ireland and Australia have played each other in World Cups before and (the draw) will add spice to the Ireland and Italy games over the next three years. When you are ranked liked we were, second in the pool, you are the target team for a lot of the others and everyone will be looking to have a go at us. Tournament rugby is so different to competitions like the Six Nations because there are a lot of games in a short period of time. We need to build a squad in the Six Nations. Every match is physical at the World Cup so we need to be prepared for that."

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