Steve Borthwick and England get pool of death in revised World Cup draw - Ruck

Steve Borthwick and England get pool of death in revised World Cup draw

The World Rugby Rankings, newly published, shed light on the questionable nature of the Pool Draw for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2023.

The draw, which took place three years in advance, appears to be heavily biased and has faced considerable backlash.

Acknowledging the criticism, World Rugby has declared that forthcoming pool draws for the Rugby World Cup will be conducted nearer to the tournament’s commencement.

The current method of relying on team rankings at the time of the draw is considered unjust, prompting this decision for a fairer approach.

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.

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“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