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RWC 2023: Kenya Simbas to face NZ, hosts France if they qualify
By Raga House | Mon 14 Dec, 2020 17:28

Kenya Simbas will play in pool A with France, New Zealand, Italy and America 1 at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France if they qualify as Africa 1. 

If Kenya fails to secure Africa 1 and go through the repechage, they'll play in Pool C with Wales, Australia, Fiji and Europe 1

The Pool Allocation Draw was completed in Paris on Monday, and broadcast live across the world with all teams participating virtually.

The Springboks will start the defence of the Webb Ellis Cup crown in Pool B against Ireland and Scotland, along with two more qualifying teams, from the Asia/Pacific qualifier, and Europe.

It is the second successive time that Ireland and Scotland have been drawn together at the Rugby World Cup, with only Ireland making it out of the pool last year in Japan.

Elsewhere, Wales were drawn in Pool C alongside Australia, Fiji, Europe 1 and the Final Qualifier Winner. Wales, Australia and Fiji were also drawn in the same pool at the 2019 Rugby World Cup with the Pacific Islanders failing to qualify for the knockout rounds.

England have been drawn in Pool D with Japan, Argentina and two others to be confirmed.

In what will be the 10th edition of the Rugby World Cup, Eddie Jones’ side were one of 12 teams that automatically qualified after their performances in Japan last year.

England memorably won the World Cup in 2003 through Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal in extra-time against Australia and as well as the final last year, and have also reached finals in 1991 and 2007.

The tournament is scheduled to run from 8 September 2023 to 21 October 2023 with the confirmed fixtures and kick-off times to be announced in due course.

Rugby World Cup 2023 Pools:

Pool A: 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, Final Qualifier Winner

Pool D: England, Japan, Argentina, Oceania 1, Americas 2

-By Planet Rugby

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