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Australia coach Robbie Deans: "By the time it comes around there'll be a lot of anticipation and rightly so. The good thing is that we've got a broadening group and the circumstances of the autumn internationals allowed us to expose some more players to rugby at this level, and it's good for them to have that experience."

England coach Stuart Lancaster: "Yeah it was some draw, I guess it was fate. When we saw Wales were in the third band it was always in the stars that we were going to end up playing them. And so it was, Wales and Australia was a tough draw but an exciting one all the same." "The focus will be on our plan, to build the team and grow the team.

Wales coach Warren Gatland: "We're in with teams that we're not afraid of playing, but if you come out of that group it's going to set up nicely for the quarter finals and potentially semi-finals. And even if you look at the last two World Cups, the two finalists came out of the same group. So we've got to go into that group with that confidence and self belief that it's a tough group but we're good enough to come out of it. "


South Africa captain Jean De Villiers: "You need to get through your pool, that's the most important thing. It is not so much who you play in your pool it is getting through it and then winning the next three games to win the Cup. It'll be tough anyway, it doesn't matter which pool you're in, and hopefully we'll finish first or second in our pool. "I was walking into the draw with (Samoa captain) David Lemi and I told him that hopefully this time around we'll miss each other but, so be it, we got selected together.

Scotland attack coach Scott Johnson: "We got what we got and now it is up to us to get our part right and get through to the next stage. It'll be nice to get some of those brutal southern hemisphere sides up in the north where, maybe with some inclement weather, the physicality part will be taken out of it somewhat. "If you add in the likes of Japan who play a very, very vibrant game of rugby we have contradictions in the style of rugby played by the teams in our pool and that is something we will have to deal with for us to get through."

Samoa captain David Lemi: "It's massive for us, before the tour we had been set our target to be in the top eight in the world, but credit to the boys and the all the management for the work behind the scenes, who allowed us to perform away from home and to be in a good pool in 2015 World Cup. This result it means a lot for the people in Samoa, it's the first time we're ranked 7th in the world.


New Zealand captain Richie McCaw: "I think we're reasonably happy, I suppose when they came to drawing out those last four teams I was pretty happy New Zealand didn't come out where Australia did but it is what it is and you have got to deal with whatever is put infront of you. We will have our own challenges whoever we play with Argentina and Tonga and then you earn your way through the next one. You have just got to get it right whatever is ahead of you.

Tonga Rugby Union President Epeli Taione: "I think it is the best draw that we ever had, we couldn't wish for a better draw for us. The biggest thing for us is a massive relief that we avoid our fellow Pacific Islanders in Samoa and Fiji and now we can just focus on Argentina and New Zealand. In the last couple of years the improvement and the strides we have made we believe we have the abilities to go out there and get competitive on world stages and we are looking forward to that.


France captain Thierry Dusautoir: "We have a very European pool, it's like playing in a little Six Nations, and we'll see what happens! The good thing is not to be in Pool A which is very, very difficult. But if you look back at the World Cups the little teams are very efficient, we lost to Tonga last year so we will be watching out for the qualifiers.

Italy captain Sergio Parisse: "It's not an easy pool, but surely not the toughest of the ones drawn today. We avoided the defending champion All Blacks and England who'll be playing at home which is a detail not to be forgotten. "France and Ireland are two very hard opponents and we know each other well, they're the European teams that have performed better in the November Tests, but we'll have to see where they'll be in three years' time and what standards we'll have reached."

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll: "It looks like an okay draw, could have been better, could have been worse but being three years away there's still a lot of rugby to be played. But as a national side we've never got above a quarter-final so there's incentive enough to try and progress beyond that - but you can't do that until you get out of your pool.

Namibia captain Jacques Burger: "Definitely I think the tough thing is we haven't qualified yet and you can't just put yourself in a place but obviously that would be the ideal situation if we go through as Africa 1. It is mouth-watering if look at those teams, it is going to be tough but it is always going to be tough for us, it doesn't matter who we play, it will be an honour to play any of those teams in that pool.

Japan coach Eddie Jones: "In the World Cup every pool is tough. In South Africa we've got one of the Tier One countries, we play against Samoa quite regularly and Scotland is a very good team but if we play well against them we've got a chance of beating them.

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