World Rugby and the France 2023 Organising Committee have announced that the Palais Brongniart in Paris will host the Rugby World Cup 2023 Draw.
The Draw will be pushed back from the previously announced date by two weeks to 14 December 2020 owing to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on rugby and event hosting activities.
The surprise news came as World Rugby confirmed seedings for the draw will be determined based on the world rankings in January 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “While COVID-19 means that, in the interests of fairness for all qualified teams, we have needed to draw a line under the rankings at the beginning of the year, everyone should appreciate that this is a unique time, we can’t delay, and we must continue to accelerate planning for what is going to be a truly spectacular and special Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
“The RWC 2023 Draw will be a greatly anticipated beacon of hope and excitement as we look towards France 2023 and beyond the global pandemic.”
The seedings for the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw;
- Seed 1: South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales
- Seed 2: Ireland, Australia, France, Japan
- Seed 3: Scotland, Argentina, Fiji, Italy
- Seed 4: Oceania 1, Europe 1, Americas 1, Asia / Pacific 1
- Seed 5: Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Final Qualifier Winner
JOIN THE RUCK:
The talented wives and girlfriends of the England squad
The equally talented women behind the England internationals.
1. Michelle Cussell
Elliot Daly met his partner at the £18,618-a-year Whitgift School for boys in Croydon, south London, where the Saracens star was a pupil and she worked as a sports events organiser.