2023 Rugby World Cup Draw
14th December 2020 By The Editor
Ireland have been drawn in Pool B alongside reigning champions South Africa and our 2019 Pool rivals Scotland for Rugby World Cup 2023.
Preparations for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France marked an important milestone today with confirmation of the pools for the 10th edition of the pinnacle competition in men’s 15s rugby.
This is the first time that Ireland will face South Africa at the Rugby World Cup. Our most recent meeting was in 2017 when Ireland recorded a 38-3 win.
The two other teams drawn are Asia/Pacific 1 and Europe 2.
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.