The draw for the Rugby World Cup 2023 took place on December 14, 2020, in Paris. Exactly 1,000 days before the tournament’s first match on September 8, 2023. Between hosts France and the All Blacks. Rugby Fans can buy RWC 2023 Tickets from our website.
The 12 automatic qualifiers were seeded based on their World Rugby Rankings as of January 1, 2020, with the Springboks. All Blacks, England, and Wales in band one, Ireland, Australia, France, and Japan in band two, and Scotland, Argentina, Fiji, and Italy in band three.
After the draw and the 2022 Six Nations, the foolishness of having the draw almost three years before the tournament – based on rankings from 11 months earlier – was painfully highlighted.
The Springboks, All Blacks, England, and Wales were the top-four ranked teams on January 1, 2020. (The RWC 2019 semi-finalists). Wales had dropped from fourth to ninth place by 14 December 2020. While France had risen from seventh to fourth place.
Six Nations winners France
The Springboks, newly crowned Six Nations winners France. The All Blacks and Ireland were the top-four ranked teams on March 21, 2022. At the Rugby World Cup 2023. All four of those teams will be in the same half of the draw, meaning two of them will not advance past the quarterfinals. While lower-ranked teams in the other half of the draw. Such as ninth-placed Wales, may.
World Rugby has never explained why the draw must take place in the first year of a Rugby World Cup cycle, although it is likely to benefit the organizers by allowing tickets to go on sale earlier. This, however, comes at the expense of the tournament’s credibility.
The goal of employing a seeding system for a tournament is to ensure that the top four teams advance to the semi-finals. And the top two teams compete in the final. Obviously, results do not always match seedings, but at the very least, you avoid a situation in which the best two teams meet in the quarter-finals, while a plainly weaker team from the other side of the draw has an easy path to the final.
When it comes to World Cup draws, World Rugby can learn from FIFA
The 2022 Fifa World Cup draw will take place in Doha on 1 April 2022, 235 days before the opening match on November 21. Yet, that is enough time for the organizers of the world’s largest sporting event to complete their tasks. As well as for spectators to purchase tickets and make travel arrangements to Qatar.
After the November Tests, World Rugby could have held the draw for the RWC 2023 in December of last year. Yes, some nations’ form may have fluctuated between then and the start of the World Cup nine months later. But it was significantly less than it had been during the previous three years.
Hopefully, World Rugby will learn how badly it timed the Rugby World Cup 2023 draw and avoid repetition for the Rugby World Cup 2027 in Australia.