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Rugby World Cup 2015: The draw

The Webb Ellis Cup sits in front of Tower Bridge during a photocall to launch the Rugby World Cup Pool Draw at Potters Field, London. (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire)

The Webb Ellis Cup sits in front of Tower Bridge during a photocall to launch the Rugby World Cup Pool Draw at Potters Field, London. (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire)

Stuart Lancaster’s England have been handed a tough draw for the 2015 World Cup on home soil, having been paired with Australia and Wales.

Australia are top seeds in the group, with Lancaster’s England second seeds. Wales, World Cup semi-finalists a little over 12 months ago, fell into the third pool of seeds after a poor autumn.

In the other groups, South Africa have been paired with Scotland and Samoa, while reigning world champions New Zealand face Argentina and Tonga.

The three teams in Pool D are all from the northern hemisphere with France top seeds, alongside Ireland and Italy.

The full make-up of the groups will be decided closer to the time following the remaining international qualifiers.

The 2015 World Cup runs from September 18 to October 31. Leeds’s Elland Road stadium is one of the venues shortlisted to host matches.

Pool A

Australia

England

Wales

Oceania 1

Play-Off Winner

Pool B

South Africa

Samoa

Scotland

Asia 1

Americas 2

Pool C

New Zealand

Argentina

Tonga

Europe 1

Africa 1

Pool D

France

Ireland

Italy

Americas 1

Europe 2

 

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