Re-live the Draw for Rugby World Cup 2021

The pools have been confirmed for Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand with the entire programme available to watch back, including interviews with the teams and the great and good of New Zealand rugby.

Reigning champions New Zealand are set to face Australia, Wales and the Final Qualification Tournament Winner in Pool A.

Pool B sees Canada set to face USA for the first time in the pool stages of a Rugby World Cup alongside Europe 1 and Asia 1.

Rugby World Cup 2017 runners-up England are drawn in Pool C alongside bronze medallists France, South Africa and Fiji, who are set to make their Rugby World Cup debut.

Rugby World Cup 2021 will take place from 18 September-16 October in Auckland and Whangarei and will again feature 12 teams allocated into three pools of four teams.

Pools 

Pool A
 New Zealand
 Australia
 Wales
 Final Qualification winner

 

Pool B
 Canada
 USA
 Europe 1
 Asia 1

 

Pool C
 England
 France
 South Africa
 Fiji


How the draw worked

The teams were randomly drawn from each band, starting with Band 4 (Asia 1, Fiji, Final Qualification winner), then Band 3 (Wales, Europe 1, South Africa), then Band 2 (France, Australia, USA) and finally Band 1 (New Zealand, England, Canada). The first drawn in each band was placed in Pool A, the second in Pool B and the third in Pool C.

Draw Seedings

Seven of the 12 teams qualified directly from Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland: reigning champions New Zealand, runners-up England, bronze medallists France, losing semi-finalists USA, plus Canada, Australia and Wales who finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. The remaining five places are filled through a global qualification process which kicked off in South Africa in August 2019. All teams are seeded based on their World Rugby Women’s Ranking on 1 January, 2020 * and organised into draw bands, shown below. (* the last time all teams were able to play before the emergence of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic).

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