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Springboks drawn alongside Ireland, Scotland in Pool B at 2023 Rugby World Cup

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Siya Kolisi prior to the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Japan and South Africa at the Tokyo Stadium on 20 October 2019 (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
Siya Kolisi prior to the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Japan and South Africa at the Tokyo Stadium on 20 October 2019 (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • The Springboks have been drawn alongside Ireland and Scotland in Pool B for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
  • The host nation features in Pool A alongside New Zealand and Italy.
  • England, who lost the 2019 World Cup final to South Africa, are in Pool D alongside Japan and Argentina, while the Wallabies are in Pool C with Wales and Fiji.

The Springboks were on Monday drawn alongside Ireland and Scotland in Pool B for the 2023 Rugby World Cup to be hosted in France.

The draw was confirmed in Paris where the world champions were pooled alongside the two Six Nations giants.

The two remaining nations in the pool will be qualifying teams from the Asia Pacific and Europe regions.

This is the first time the Springboks will face Ireland at the Rugby World Cup, while they have been pooled with Scotland twice - in 1999 and 2015 - and winning both times. 

"We are obviously excited about the draw today, and although the Rugby World Cup in France is still almost three years away, it's good to have an end-goal to work towards," Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber said via a press statement. 

"To be in the same pool as Ireland and Scotland will be a massive challenge, but to win the tournament, you have to be able to beat all the teams and we will be properly tested in the pool phases. 

"We saw last year the margin for error - even during the pool stages - at any Rugby World Cup is very small.  

"Take for instance our situation where we simply had to win every single pool game after our loss to the All Blacks in Japan, to ensure we qualify for the knockout stages. 

"If you look at the countries in the top three bands, I would say each one of those teams is capable of beating another on any given day, proven by a team such as Japan, who have made huge strides in recent years." 

National captain Siya Kolisi said it was exciting to hear who their opponents would be but stressed they currently had their sights on next year's British & Irish Lions series.

"For now, we have to turn our attention to the massive challenge the British & Irish Lions will bring next year - there is huge anticipation, both at home and in the UK, for what promises to be another memorable Lions series in South Africa."

It was earlier hinted that the Boks could be drawn alongside hosts France but they were pooled with the All Blacks and Italy in Pool A.

England, who lost the 2019 World Cup final to South Africa, are in Pool D alongside Japan and Argentina, while the Wallabies are in Pool C with Wales and Fiji.

2023 Rugby World Cup pools:

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, Qualifier winner

Pool D

England, Japan, Argentina, Oceania 1, Americas 2

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