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Ireland Draw South Africa In 2023 Rugby World Cup

Ireland Draw South Africa In 2023 Rugby World Cup

The draw for the tenth Rugby World Cup took place in Paris on Monday afternoon.

Ireland were drawn in Pool B for the tournament along with South Africa, Scotland and two as yet undecided qualifiers.

The draw means that should Ireland qualify for the quarter-finals, they will likely face either New Zealand or the host nation France.

12 teams automatically qualify for the 20-team tournament. Those are: South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Australia, Japan, Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy.

Ireland were in band 2 for the draw. The seedings were based on the World Rugby rankings as of January 1st, 2020.

2023 Rugby World Cup draw

Pool A
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New Zealand
France
Italy
Americas 1
Africa 1

Pool B

South Africa
Ireland
Scotland
Asia/Pacific 1
Europe 2

Pool C

Wales
Australia
Fiji
Europe 1
Qualifier Winner

Pool D
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England
Japan
Argentina
Oceania 1
Americas 2

The tournament will take place between September 8th and October 21st, 2023.

The teams were seeded for the draw as follows:

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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