With the dubious distinction of being the first host nation in Rugby World Cup history that failed to advance beyond the pool stages in 2015, England will once again have to negotiate a 'pool of death' at the 2019 tournament in Japan.
Now transformed under the leadership of Eddie Jones and winners of back-to-back Six Nations titles, England were paired with European rivals France and band three powerhouses Argentina during the 10 May draw in Kyoto.
The other spots in Pool C will be taken by the top qualifier from the Americas - set to be either the United States or Canada - and the second-best qualifier from the Pacific Island trio of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.
"It's all very exciting, we have two Tests against Argentina in June so we can practice a little bit," former Japan coach Jones said after the draw was made.
"France are really improving over the last two years and certainly a dangerous team. It's massively exciting, a unique country and unique culture. Rugby is on the up in Japan and everyone is looking forward to playing here."
Ireland, ranked in band one alongside England, Australia and New Zealand, look to face an easier path through to the knockout phase having been drawn in Pool A alongside Scotland and hosts Japan in addition to the Europe 1 qualifier (potentially Romania) and eventual play-off winner.
Wales will take on the Wallabies, Georgia and qualifiers Oceania 1 and Americas 2 in another potentially tricky group.
Reigning world champions New Zealand and struggling South Africa will also meet in a repeat of the 2015 semi-finals. They will be joined in Pool B by Connor O'Shea's Italy, the winner of a repechage
tournament and the number one qualifier from Africa - most likely to be Namibia.