SCOTLAND have been handed a tough draw against holders South Africa and Ireland in Pool A of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which is to be staged in France.
Gregor Townsend‘s team – who were seeded in band three of the draw based on their world ranking on 1st January 2020, just under four years before the tournament is scheduled to kick-off – will also face the country which finishes top of the Asia/Pacific Qualification tournament, and the second top side from the European qualifying competition.
If Scotland do make it out of their pool, they will play either the top or second top team from Pool A, which consists of host nation France, three-times champions New Zealand, Italy, America Qualifier 1 and Africa Qualifier 1.
In the other half of the draw: Wales, Australia and Fiji have been drawn together in Pool C, just as they were in 2019; while England face Japan and Argentina (again) in Pool D
Full RWC 2023 Draw:
Pool A: New Zealand, France, Italy, America 1, Africa 1
Pool B: South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Asia/Pacific 1, Europe 2
Pool C: Wales, Australia, Fiji, Europe 1, Final Qualifier Winner
Pool D: England, Japan, Argentina, Oceania 1, Americas 2
Quarter-Final 1 – Winner Pool C v Runner up Pool D
Quarter-Final 2 – Winner Pool B v Runner up Pool A
Quarter-Final 3 – Winner Pool D v Runner up Pool C
Quarter-Final 4 – Winner Pool A v Runner up Pool B