- The RWC 2015 draw is now complete!
- See a full rerun of the draw here
- Look at how the draw unfolded below and your reaction on Twitter below
- UK residents: win two tickets to the RWC 2015 opening match here
Many thanks for joining us for live coverage of today's RWC 2015 Pool Allocation Draw. It has thrown up some intriguing encounters and the obligatory 'group of death'.
Three years may seem like a long time, but before the first kick of RWC 2015 there will be more exciting announcements, such as the final venues, match schedule and ticket launches.
New Zealand has always finished top of its pool in Rugby World Cup history.
Who do you think will reach the Quarter Finals? A couple of tough groups!
@federugby capt @sergioparisse says it's a tough pool but they have demonstrated they can challenge big teams! #RWC2015 http://t.co/blb3Czzu— Rugby World Cup (@Rugby World Cup) 03/12/2012 16:07
So which group is the pool of death?
France face Italy in the pool stages for the very first time at #rwc2015.
@rugbyworldcup Why does everyone want to avoid Wales in the #RWC2015? We don't bite... right?— Aaron Jones (@Aaron Jones) 03/12/2012 15:57
Won't be surprised to find Argentina in SF of #RWC2015. 4years of RC-rugby will benefit them.— Paul Wesch (@Paul Wesch) 03/12/2012 15:50
Competition reminder - register at the RWC Front Row to be in with a chance of winning two tickets to the RWC 2015 opening match.
I hope Canada gets into pool B for the rugby world cup, pretty solid group to qualify for 2019 in.— D'Squarius Green Jr (@D'Squarius Green Jr) 03/12/2012 15:47
Tonga will face New Zealand in the pool stages for the fourth consecutive time in 2015
In 2015 we'll see South Africa and Samoa face each other in the same pool for the fourth time.
If you are seeing a video error at the moment and want to see a rerun of the draw, please refresh the page.
England will meet Wales in the pool stages of a Rugby World Cup for the very first time.
In Pool D we see three 6 Nations teams drawn together - France, Ireland and Italy, a very difficult group indeed. They will also face Americas 1 and Europe 2.
Current World Cup winners New Zealand will face Argentina and Tonga in Pool C. Europe 1 and Africa 1 completing the group.
South Africa, Samoa and Scotland have been drawn together in Pool B in what appears to be a difficult group. Joining them will be Asia 1 and Americas 2.
Pool A will see rematches of recent weeks as Australia, England and Wales are drawn together. Joining them will be Ociania 1 and Repechage.
#RWC2015: Group A without a doubt the "Group of Death". A few potential banana peels elsewhere..— Trevor Cramer (@Trevor Cramer) 03/12/2012 15:29
We also now know who has picked up three big IRB Awards:
IRB Team of the Year - New Zealand
IRB Coach of the Year - Steve Hansen
IRB Player of the Year - Dan Carter
Oh dear England's rugby world cup group doesn't look good #2015cupdraw— Nick 'Tune' Horton (@Nick 'Tune' Horton) 03/12/2012 15:25
#RWC2015 Pool A - Pool of Death! Australia, England & Wales! Ouch...!! #Rugby— Super15Rugby (@Super15Rugby) 03/12/2012 15:20
Wow - so which is the toughest pool? Pool A looks a really tricky one to call!
And finally in Pool D, RWC 2011 runners up France will join Ireland, Italy, Americas 1 and Europe 2.
Defending champions New Zealand will be happy with Pool C - although Argentina and Tonga will provide tough opposition.
South Africa join Samoa in Pool B alongside Scotland
Australia are drawn in arguably the pool of death - Pool A - alongside England, Wales, Oceania 1 and Playoff winner
..and Ireland join Italy in Pool D for the second RWC running
Argentina join Tonga in Pool C
Samoa will be in Pool B
England will face Wales as they are drawn in Pool A!
Italy go into Pool D.
Tonga go into Pool C
Pool A - Wales straight out of the hat!
Next we are going to come to the third band of qualified teams
Pool C fourth seeds are Europe 1
Now we're into the fourth seeds - Oceania 1
Pool C fifth seed is Africa 1
The first team out of the hat in this RWC Pool Allocation Draw, as the fifth seed in Pool A, is Playoff Winner
8 qualifying regions = Band 4
Oceania 1, Europe 1, Asia 1, Americas 1 / Band 5 Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Repechage winner
12 directly qualified teams are - Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa , Tonga, Wales
1018 days to go until #RWC2015!!
Who elses's heart is racing?!
Are you ready? HERE WE GO
Getting ready to find out the RWC 2015 draw results #swinglow— David Cogger (@David Cogger) 03/12/2012 15:01
Speech from London Mayor Boris Johnson
What is wrong with Boris?! I just love him, superb speech #rwc2015— Stephen Thomas (@Stephen Thomas) 03/12/2012 15:01
Welcoming words from England Rugby 2015 Ambassador Will Greenwood, Bernard Lapasset and Andy Cosslett.
London Mayor Boris Johnson is here for the draw
Everyone seems very relaxed and there's a great atmosphere here for the #RWC2015 Pool Allocation Draw. The stage is set as the lights dim and the Rugby World Cup anthem World in Union is heard.
Wales captain Sam Warburton has arrived and is sharing a joke with Richie McCaw.
Nice to see O'Driscoll and Kelly Brown catching up together
Will there be a so-called pool of death? #RWC2015
Really hope England draw France or South Africa #RWC2015— Eddie Morris (@Eddie Morris) 03/12/2012 14:45
The South Africans Meyer and De Villiers are sharing a joke with Deans and Pocock.
Lawrence Dallaglio and Richie McCaw having a chat, Richie is all miked up ready to go!
England captain Chris Robshaw and Stuart Lancaster are sticking together and have wide smiles across their faces! Still bouncing after defeating New Zealand on Saturday?
Only 20mins to go until the live stream starts for the #RWC2015 Pool Allocation Draw!
Ready for @rugbyworldcup 215 draw. Thanks for the streaming.— Matteo Stefanon (@Matteo Stefanon) 03/12/2012 14:34
We are well in to December but Australian openside flanker David Pocock is still rocking his Movember and looks very excited for the pool draw!
Lots of legends here today. South Africa captain Jean De Villiers is chatting to All Black legend Richie McCaw!
@rugbyworldcup ahhhhh just seen the legend Brian O'driscoll— Emma Boyd (@Emma Boyd) 03/12/2012 14:25
Make sure you stick around because following the draw at 15:25pm are the presentations for the IRB Player, Team and Coach of the year Awards. Predictions?
There's a growing sense of excitement here in London as we look ahead to the #RWC2015 Pool Allocation Draw. Where in the world are you watching?
Did you know that RWC 2015 qualification will have involved 80 nations, playing across 184 matches for 8 available places at England 2015?
Italy captain Sergio Parisse and team manager Luigi Troiani have arrived. #RWC 2015
Does anyone else agree with Tom's tweet below? Who do you think will be drawn in the same group? #RWC2015
#RWC2015 pool allocation draw starts soon. Prediction: France, England, Wales in same pool #rugbyworldcup— Tom Glover (@Tom Glover) 03/12/2012 14:07
ITA and NZL are no strangers to each other in RWC pool stages, having faced each other in 5 of the 7 tournaments to date. #RWC2015— Rugby World Cup (@Rugby World Cup) 03/12/2012 14:06
Lots of nervous energy around the room and outside.
England Captain Chris Robshaw has arrived for the #RWC2015 Pool Allocation Draw. Having beaten the All Blacks on Saturday at Twickenham, are they ready to take on anyone?
1 hour to go until the #RWC2015 Pool Allocation Draw. Are you as excited as us? This is going to be special!
hour and ten till the RWC draw, fingers crossed #groupofdeath?— Leam Williams (@Leam Williams) 03/12/2012 13:51
RT @unionargentina: Todo listo para que dentro den rato arranque el sorteo para la #RWC2015 @unionargentina http://t.co/JY2e8al3”— Pedí Palos (@Pedí Palos) 03/12/2012 13:41
1 hour and a half to go until the #RWC2015 Pool Allocation Draw starts. Fantastic buzz here, are you excited? Get involved on Twitter "rugbyworldcup or #rugbyworldcup
Here's one for people living in the UK - if you liked the atmosphere at Twickers last Saturday, do you fancy being there for Rugby World Cup?
If so, we are offering one lucky winner two tickets to the opening match of RWC 2015.
All you have to do is register for the Front Row here. You will then be directed to the competition page.
If you are already registered for the Front Row, you will receive an email with instructions on entering the competition shortly.
Agreed Gareth! It promises to be a VERY exciting draw this afternoon at 3pm. Stay with us for all the build up and action from 2:55pm. We can't wait!!!
3pm today - the Rugby World Cup draw. Teams in tier 2 must be terrified of drawing Wales. This will be the group of death.— Gareth (@Gareth) 03/12/2012 12:46
Should I stay up and watch the @rugbyworldcup pool draw? Not like I need to get up early in the morning. Tempted.— Mark Currie (@Mark Currie) 03/12/2012 11:07
We think you definitely should Mark - after all it only happens once every four years!
Welcome to the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw!
- The RWC Pool Allocation Draw is complete.
- Hosts England join Australia and Wales in Pool A
- Defending champions New Zealand in Pool C with Argentina and Tonga
- What do you think? Get involved on Twitter @rugbyworldcup or #rwc2015
- Win 2 tickets to the opening match of RWC 2015!
All times are your local time. This page refreshes automatically.
- Oceania 1
- Playoff Winner
- South Africa
- Asia 1
- Americas 2
- New Zealand
- Europe 1
- Africa 1
- Americas 1
- Europe 2