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Ireland draw champion Springboks and Scotland in 2023 World Cup pool

If they can get out of the pool, Ireland are set to face France or New Zealand in the quarter-finals.

Ireland have never got beyond the World Cup quarter-finals.
Ireland have never got beyond the World Cup quarter-finals.
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IRELAND HAVE BEEN drawn with reigning champions South Africa and Scotland in their 2023 World Cup pool.

Ireland will also face ‘Asia/Pacific 1′ and ‘Europe 2′ at the tournament in France, with those qualifiers yet to be confirmed.

If Ireland can get out of their pool, they are set to face either hosts France or New Zealand in the quarter-finals.

The Springboks won the last year’s World Cup in Japan. Ireland have never faced South Africa at a World Cup.

Ireland played Scotland at last year’s tournament, recording a convincing win in the opening game against Gregor Townsend’s side before losing to the hosts and New Zealand later in the tournament. 

Ireland will hope to get beyond the World Cup quarter-finals for their first time ever in 2023.

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Elsewhere, hosts France have been drawn to play against New Zealand in Pool A.

Australia, Wales, and Fiji will battle it out in Pool C.

England have been drawn with Japan and Argentina in Pool D.

2023 World Cup pools:

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Pool A

New Zealand
France
Italy
Americas 1
Africa 1

Pool B

South Africa
Ireland
Scotland
Asia/Pacific 1
Europe 2

Pool C

Wales
Australia
Fiji
Europe 1
Final Qualifier Winner

Pool D

England
Japan
Argentina
Oceania 1
Americas 2

2023 World Cup format:

QF 1 – Winner Pool C v Runner up Pool D
QF 2 – Winner Pool B v Runner up Pool A
QF 3 – Winner Pool D v Runner up Pool C
QF 4 - Winner Pool A v Runner up Pool B

SF 1 – Winner QF1 v Winner QF2
SF 2 – Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

Bronze final – Loser SF1 v Loser SF2
Final
– Winner SF1 v Winner SF2.

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