England handed 'easy' pool for 2023 Rugby World Cup - Ruck

England handed ‘easy’ pool for 2023 Rugby World Cup

The next tournament will be held in France and the hosts will face New Zealand in a blockbuster opening match in Saint-Denis.

The finals work the same way as the 2019 tournament with the first two teams in each pool progressing to the quarter-finals, which will be contested by knock-out matches.

If we suppose the top-ranked teams each win their pools and the second-ranked teams finish runners-up then the quarter-finals in 2023 could look something like this…

  • Wales vs Japan
  • South Africa vs France
  • England vs Australia
  • New Zealand vs Ireland


  • New Zealand
  • France
  • Italy
  • Uruguay
  • Africa 1
France team to play Wales
Antoine Dupont of France calls for the mark during the Six Nations Championship match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on March 13 2021. – PHOTO: Micah Crook/PPAUK


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