"Got lucky" - Correct England Rugby World Cup 2023 group would be a nightmare - Ruck

“Got lucky” – Correct England Rugby World Cup 2023 group would be a nightmare

England were handed a favourable group in the draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup – but could meet either Australia and Wales in quarter-finals.

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Steve Borthwick will ultimately be pleased with the outcome of the draw, which saw his side also pitted against Argentina and Japan. England will kick-off their campaign against Iran on the opening day of the tournament on November 21.

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.

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