The highway to the 2023 Rugby World Cup effectively and really begins at present when the draw takes place in Paris.
Groups will uncover their pool stage opponents for the match being held in France in three years’ time, and who they should beat to progress to the knockout levels.
Thus far, solely groups that completed within the high three of their swimming pools within the 2019 Rugby World Cup are assured of their place – the remainder should undergo qualifiers.
The seedings to date are:
Band One: South Africa, England, New Zealand, Wales; Band Two: Eire, Australia, France, Japan; Band Three: Scotland, Argentina, Italy, Fiji; Band 4: Oceania 1 (seemingly Samoa), Europe 1 (seemingly Georgia), Americas 1 (seemingly USA), Asia/Pacific 1 (seemingly Tonga); Band 5: Africa 1 (seemingly Namibia), Europe 2 (Portugal based mostly on 2020 Rugby Europe Championship standings), Americas 2 (seemingly Canada/Uruguay), Remaining Qualifier Winner.
France would be the first crew drawn as they’re the host nation, then all of the groups in band 5 will likely be allotted a pool, adopted by band 4 and so forth, with high seeds in band one drawn final.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup draw begins at 11.30am UK time (12.30pm native time) and will likely be reside streamed on all of World Rugby’s social media channels.
You possibly can comply with the announcement live on WalesOnline’s rugby Facebook page from 11.15am to catch the information because it occurs.
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