Rugby World Cup 2023: All you need to know about the draw
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This is the moment when teams and fans alike all around the globe will learn who they will play in the pool stage of 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. All six Guinness Six Nations teams have already qualified for the draw thanks to their seeding and will eagerly wait to discover who stands in their way of reaching the knockout stages. The draw takes place in Paris at 12.30 pm local time – 11.30am in UK and Ireland – and ahead of the drama unfolding, we have the lowdown on everything you need to know, Sixnationsrugby warned.
How does it work?
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the sport, Rugby World Cup 2023 will be contested by 20 teams, of which 12 are automatically qualified by virtue of a top-three place in their respective Rugby World Cup 2019 pools: champions South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Australia, Japan, Scotland Argentina, Fiji and Italy.
Acknowledging the global Covid-19 impact on international rugby in 2020, the teams will be seeded based on World Rugby men’s rankings as of 1 January 2020 and placed into three bands of four teams. This represents the fairest scenario given it was the last time that all teams were able to play.
The remaining eight teams will come through the regional qualification process and will be allocated into bands four and five based on relative strength. They consist of Americas 1, Americas 2, Europe 1, Europe 2, Africa 1, Oceania 1, Asia/Pacific 1 and the Final Qualifier Winner.
The teams in each band will be randomly drawn to determine the pools they go into, the first drawn being placed in Pool A, the second in Pool B, the third in Pool C and the fourth in Pool D. The first band to be drawn will be five, with the top four seeds the last to be drawn, Sarugbymag explained.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup draw in full
The 2023 Rugby World Cup draw in full which is given by Rugbyworldcup:
How the draw worked
As host nation, France was drawn first and placed randomly in one of the four pools. The teams were then drawn randomly from each band, starting with Band 5 (Africa 1, Oceania 1, Asia / Pacific 1, Final Qualifier Winner), then Band 4 (Americas 1, Americas 2, Europe 1, Europe 2), then Band 3 (Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy), then Band 2 (Ireland, (France), Australia, Japan) and finally Band 1 (South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales). The first drawn in each band was placed in Pool A, the second in Pool B, the third in Pool C and the fourth in Pool D, according to Rugby World Cup official site.
Twelve of the 20 teams qualified automatically by finishing in the top three places of their Rugby World Cup 2019 pool. These 12 teams are: South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Australia, Japan, Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy. Acknowledging the global COVID-19 impact on international rugby in 2020, these teams were seeded based on the World Rugby Men's Rankings as of 1 January, 2020 and placed into the first three bands of four teams.
The remaining eight teams will come through the regional qualification process and were allocated for the draw into bands four and five based on relative strength. They are: Americas 1, Americas 2, Europe 1, Europe 2, Africa 1, Oceania 1, Asia / Pacific 1 and the Final Qualifier Winner.
What else do I need to know?
The remaining eight teams to contest the 2023 Rugby World Cup will come through the regional qualifying process and be allocated to Band 4 and Band 5 based on relative strength.
France will be the first team drawn as they are the host nation, after which all slots from Band 5 will be drawn into the four pools, then Band 4 and so on, with the top seeds in Band 1 last to be drawn. The full tournament fixture list, with date, location and times of all games will be announced towards the end of February next year.
A live video stream will be made available on World Rugby digital channels, with the action getting underway at 12pm (11am GMT). Fans worldwide can also enjoy a dedicated show hosted by Elma Smit and Ugo Monye on the World Rugby and Rugby World Cup social and digital channels.
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South-Africa-Rugby-Team-2019. Photo: Newshub.co.nz
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The 2019 World Cup, hosted by Japan, saw South Africa claim their third trophy to match New Zealand for the most Rugby World Cup titles. South Africa defeated England 32–12 in the final.
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