Each the All Blacks and France, which final hosted the event in 2007, shall be assured of progressing by means of to the knockout levels after additionally drawing Italy in Pool A.
In the meantime, reigning champion South Africa is ready to face Eire and Scotland in Pool B while 2003 champion England will tackle Japan, who hosted the final World Cup in 2019.
It was a case of deja vu in Pool C, with Wales, Australia and Fiji all being paired collectively as they’d been on the 2019 World Cup.
Will probably be the fourth time Wales and Australia have performed in one another within the final 5 tournaments.
Solely 12 international locations have certified to date with one other eight nonetheless to be confirmed by November 2022.
The 20 locations have been cut up equally between 4 swimming pools, with the highest two sides going by means of to the quarterfinals.
Seeds for the draw had been made utilizing final 12 months’s rankings after quite a lot of groups have struggled to play matches amid the pandemic.
The event is ready to start on September 8, 2023, and shall be performed in 9 cities throughout France, with the ultimate being held in Paris.
‘Automobile for transformational change’
Talking forward of the draw, World Rugby Chairman Sir Invoice Beaumont stated the event shall be transformational for each the game and wider society.
“Sport and bodily exercise have performed a vital function for society in the course of the pandemic, maintaining folks bodily and mentally wholesome and we have now labored exhausting to get rugby again around the globe,” he stated on Sunday.
“Sport is the very cloth of society. It’s the glue which bonds communities collectively and it is going to be a automobile for transformational change at Rugby World Cup 2023.”
He added: “France 2023 shall be a event for all of France and rugby. It is going to additionally play an unlimited function within the sport’s restoration from the pandemic, economically and symbolically, and as a platform to interact with new audiences around the globe.”
French President Emmanuel Macron, who was current on the draw, stated: “The Covid-19 disaster is horrible. In 2023, we need to supply what France can supply: the French lifestyle – friendliness, gastronomy, events and tradition.”
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