Hosts France will play three-time winners New Zealand within the standout match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup pool part, after the draw was made in Paris on Monday. The nations have met one another seven instances in World Cups, together with within the 1987 and 2011 finals with the All Blacks profitable on each events. Italy and two qualifiers, one from the Americas and one other from Africa, make up Pool A. Holders South Africa will face Eire and 2003 champions England tackle Japan, who hosted the final World Cup in 2019, and Argentina, who beat New Zealand for the primary time of their historical past in November.
“It is thrilling, actually, to know who your RWC pool opponents will likely be for the 2023 match in France,” Springboks captain Siya Kolisi stated.
“For now, now we have to show our consideration to the large problem the British and Irish Lions will carry subsequent 12 months – there’s big anticipation, each at residence and within the UK, for what guarantees to be one other memorable Lions collection in South Africa,” he added.
The Springboks may even go up towards Scotland and a facet from Asia/Pacific and an additional European nation in Pool B.
Wales, who misplaced to England within the 2019 semi-finals, are in Pool C with two-time Webb Ellis trophy holders Australia in addition to Fiji, a European crew and the winner of the ultimate qualifying match.
A qualifier every from Oceania and the Americas rounds out a competitive-looking Pool D with England, Japan and Argentina.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, seeding ranges for the match draw have been primarily based on the world rankings on January 1, 2020 as an alternative of after the autumn internationals as initially supposed.
Organisers additionally moved the occasion ahead to have the ability to begin promoting tickets in March subsequent 12 months, earlier than ticket gross sales for the 2024 Paris Olympics start in 2022.
The dozen nations from the draw will likely be joined by eight qualifiers, with the ultimate lineup recognized by November 22.
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