South Africa claimed the trophy last year
14 December 2020

As it happened: Rugby World Cup 2023 draw

The 2023 Rugby World Cup draw takes place today to determine who will play who in the pool stage at the competition being hosted in France.

Each team has been placed in a band and teams from each band will be placed in a different pool.

The bands

Band 1 - South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales

Band 2 - Ireland, France, Australia, Japan

Band 3 - Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy

Band 4 - Oceania 1, Americas 1, Europe 1, Asia / Pacific 1

Band 5 - Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Final Qualifier Winner

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Welcome to the Rugby World Cup draw!

The 2023 Rugby World Cup draw will happen in less than an hour!

The draw will happen in Paris as France will be hosting the global tournament 

How does it work?

The teams have been placed into bands depending on their world ranking.

Teams in each band will then be placed in different pools for the tournament.

The bands are: 

Band 1 - South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales

Band 2 - Ireland, France, Australia, Japan

Band 3 - Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy

Band 4 - Oceania 1, Americas 1, Europe 1, Asia / Pacific 1

Band 5 - Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Final Qualifier Winner

When will coverage start?

While the draw will start at 11.30 the coverage for the draw will begin at 11.15

Who will defending champions South Africa have in their pool?

Under half an hour to go!

There is less than half an hour until we find out the pools for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

There’s potential for huge rivalries to go up against each other in the pool stages, just as the women’s tournament was drawn.

Who will England be drawn with?

England could be drawn in a pool with France and Argentina which will be looked at as the ‘pool of death’.

No matter who they are drawn with Eddie Jones will be looking to claim the trophy in 2023 after missing out last year to South Africa.

Coverage will begin soon

The live stream for the draw will start soon!

Here we go!

Coverage on the draw has begun with Ugo Monye and Elma Smit taking charge of proceedings

Just 15 minutes until the draw begins

Coverage begins

Monye has said it’s a ‘landmark moment’ ahead of the Rugby World Cup in three years time.

Recap of 2019

Coverage have had a look back at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

South African Smit is looking very emotional and happy looking back at that one!

England captain Owen Farrell speaks

England captain Owen Farrell has spoken just eight minutes before the draw.

"It’s been brilliant to get rugby at the end of the year.

“We’ve spent some good time together and thankfully we came away with a few trophies.”

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