RWC 2023 draw: England draw Japan; Wales get Australia

England get Japan and Argentina in Pool D; Scotland and Ireland to face the Springboks in Pool B; Wales will play Australia and Fiji in a repeat of the 2019 draw; France and All Blacks in Pool A along with Italy

Last Updated: 14/12/20 12:28pm

England topped their pool in Japan last year and beat the Wallabies and the All Blacks in the knockout stages, but fell at the final hurdle in Tokyo
England topped their pool in Japan last year and beat the Wallabies and the All Blacks in the knockout stages, but fell at the final hurdle in Tokyo

England have been drawn alongside Japan and Argentina for the Rugby World Cup 2023, while Ireland and Scotland will face defending champions South Africa.

Hosts France will face the All Blacks and Italy in Pool A, while Wales will play against Australia and Fiji in Pool C in a repeat of the 2019 World Cup pool stage draw.

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Rugby World Cup 2023 pools

Pool A

New Zealand
France
Italy
Americas 1
Africa 1

Pool B

South Africa
Ireland
Scotland
Asia/Pacific 1
Europe 2

Pool C

Wales
Australia
Fiji
Europe 1
Final Qualifier Winner

Pool D

England
Japan
Argentina
Oceania 1
Americas 2

Due to the impact of coronavirus on the international calendar, the draw was based on the rankings on January 1, with South Africa, England, New Zealand and Wales in the first band.

Ireland, Australia, France and Japan were in the second band, and Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy in the third band.

Source : Sky Sports