Ireland have been drawn in Pool D of the 2015 Rugby World Cup with France and Italy.
They will be joined by two qualifiers from Americas 1 and Europe 2.
That is likely to be the USA or Canada and possibly Russia, who Ireland faced in the last World Cup hosted and won by New Zealand.
Host nation England have been drawn in Pool A with Wales and Australia. Oceania 1 (most likely Fiji) and the winner of a play-off from the qualiers completes the group.
Monday’s draw, held at the Tate Modern art gallery in London also saw Scotland land South Africa, Samoa, Asia 1 and Americas 2 in Pool B.
The All Blacks, meanwhile, look to have secured the easiest pool, being bracketed alongside Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1 and Africa 1.
The tournament kicks off on September 18, 2015, with Twickenham staging the final six weeks later.