Rugby World Cup 2023 draw live stream: How to watch ceremony online and on TV

South Africa will defend their Rugby World Cup title at France 2023


The draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup takes place 1,000 days before the start of the tournament as France prepares to host the global tournament for the second time in its history.

South Africa may be only a year into their reign as world champions, but the Springboks will learn who they will face at France 2023 on Monday when the draw for the pool stage takes place in Paris.

England will hope to go one better after losing in last year’s final to see hopes of a second World Cup triumph dashed, while Wales reached the semi-finals to secure a fourth-place finish after ending the tournament with a defeat against the dethroned All Blacks. Ireland failed to live up to expectations as they were knocked out of the quarter-finals by New Zealand, while Scotland will hope for a significant improvement after failing to reach the knockout stages at all.

Despite only 12 of the 20 nations being known at this stage, the draw will take place following he Covid-19 pandemic, which forced World Rugby into something of a rethink when it came to the world rankings and subsequent draw.

The governing body elected to freeze the world rankings at the start of the year for the draw, meaning that the World Cup semi-finalists from Japan 2019 make up the top seeds and the likes of Scotland and Argentina find themselves looming large among band three, despite both enjoying strong form in 2020 to move inside the top eight in the world.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw.

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When is it?

The draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup takes place on Monday 14 December in Paris.

What time does it start?

The draw ceremony will start at 11am GMT (12pm CET), with the draw itself getting under way at 11:30 GMT (12:30 CET).

How can I watch it?

The draw will be shown live on the World Rugby website with a pre-show available 15 minutes before the ceremony gets under way, which will be presented by former England international Ugo Monye and South African presenter Elma Smit.

The draw will also be brought to you live on The Independent.

Who is in the draw?

The top 12 teams who finished in the top three among the 2019 Rugby World Cup pools automatically qualify for the next World Cup, meaning that joining the heavy-hitters like South Africa, New Zealand and England will be Fiji, Italy and big upstarts Japan, who secured a place in band two after reaching the knockout stages for the first time.

Band 1 – South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales

Band 2 – Ireland, France, Australia, Japan

Band 3 – Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy

Band 4 – Americas 1, Americas 2, Europe 1, Europe 2

Band 5 – Africa 1, Oceania 1, Asia / Pacific 1, Final Qualifier Winner

How will the draw work?

A simple format of four pools of five teams will make up the 2023 Rugby World Cup, with three already-qualified nations joined by two qualifiers over the course of the next two years.

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