2 Dec 2008

All Blacks draw France in 2011 World Cup

9:31 am on 2 December 2008

The All Blacks have been drawn with France, Tonga and qualifiers from the Americas and Asia for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The French have become somewhat of a bogey team for New Zealand having knocked them out of contention in both the 1999 and 2007 tournaments.

In pool B are Argentina, England, Scotland and 2 qualifiers.... pool C has Australia, Ireland, Italy and 2 qualifiers and pool D has South Africa, Wales, Fiji and 2 qualifiers.

The All Blacks coach Graham Henry says being drawn with France will create a lot of interest and it is one of those things you can't avoid.

The 4 semi-finalists from last year's tournament came from the two toughest pools.

If the All Blacks win their pool, they're likely to meet England or Argentina in the quarter-finals.... South Africa in the semi-finals and then maybe Australia or England in the final.