"All bets are off" - Matt Dawson rates England’s 2023 World Cup chances - Ruck

“All bets are off” – Matt Dawson rates England’s 2023 World Cup chances

Matt Dawson insists England are ‘very capable’ heading into the 2023 Rugby World Cup and hopes the team can take advantage of their favourable draw.

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England will attempt to win the World Cup for only the second time since 2003 when they travel to France in September.

2003 World Cup winner Dawson believes the side can make an impact in France and hopes they take advantage of their draw.


“I’m not going to stand here and say ‘England are going to win the World Cup’,” said Dawson, who was speaking to Virgin Media Sport.

“I think they’ve got a chance and with the draw they have they should get to a semi-final. Then as we all know, all bets are off. You become superhuman. Teams have played five or six games, there are injuries, form; all these things come into play.

“But England are not going to be the favourites. Ireland, France, New Zealand and maybe South Africa are likely to be two of the teams in the final.

“Potentially an Australia, England, Scotland get into further qualifications with the bounce of a ball, a yellow card or whatever can happen. We know what this game can produce.

“Fingers crossed it happens for England but I think it will be a tough tournament for them.”

“Horror draw” – England get pool of death in revised World Cup draw

The recently released World Rugby Rankings highlight the absurdity of the Pool Draw for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2023, which was determined three years in advance and appears to be heavily skewed.

In response to criticism, World Rugby has announced that future pool draws for the Rugby World Cup will be conducted closer to the start of the tournament, as the current practice of relying on team rankings at the time of the draw is deemed unfair.

According to a report by the Mirror, World Rugby will make changes to the pool draw process for the 2027 edition.

“World Rugby said it is able to make the change because of a new ‘hosting model’ that sees the international federation create collaborations with the host union,” the report read.

“The top of the men’s Test game has never been more competitive,” the spokesperson added. “There has never been so much movement over a two-year period.


“Bearing that in mind and noting the format of four pools of five teams, there is arguably no perfect time for a draw.”

As a result, the guys over at Eggchasers Rugby put together their own drawer the 2023 tournament based on the current World Rugby rankings.

Concentrating on only the top 10 countries in the world, it looks significant.

It was very different with England handed a much sterner test in their pool. Watch the full video here.

POOL A actual draw:

  • France
  • New Zealand

POOL A up to date draw

  • France
  • Australia