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2023 Rugby World Cup Groups - South Africa in group of death

By Ralph Staniforth
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  • 2023 Rugby Union World Cup starts on 8 September 2023
  • France and New Zealand are in Pool A
  • South Africa, Ireland and Scotland face group of death
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Rugby World Cup kicks off on 8 September 2023 (Getty Images)
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South Africa are the defending Rugby World Cup champions but they will have to face Ireland and Scotland in the Pool phase. Those three teams are in Pool B.

If that isn't bad enough, hosts France and New Zealand are in Pool A. This means that those two are are more than likely going to face South Africa, Ireland or Scotland in the quarter-final.

Regardless of what happens in those games, it is guaranteed that two of the top five favourites will exit the competition in the last eight.

On the other side of the draw England (Pool D) and Australia/Wales (Pool C) will be smiling. Their routes to the final looks far easier as they won't face any of those top ranked sides until the final.

2023 Rugby World Cup Pools


Pool A

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points
New Zealand00000
France00000
Italy00000
Uruguay00000
Africa 100000

Pool B

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points
South Africa00000
Ireland00000
Scotland00000
Asia/Pacific 100000
Europe 200000

Pool C

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points
Wales00000
England00000
Fiji00000
Georgia00000
Final Qualifier00000

Pool D

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points
England00000
Japan00000
Argentina00000
Samoa00000
Americas 200000

GB

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