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Scotland to meet South Africa and Ireland at World Cup

Draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France pits Scotland against the defending champions.

Scotland to meet South Africa and Ireland at World Cup SNS Group

Scotland will play defending champions South Africa and Ireland in the pool stage of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Gregor Townsend’s men will also join an Asia/Pacific qualifier and a qualifier from Europe in Pool B.

Scotland will be aiming to perform better at the next World Cup after being knocked out in the pool stage in 2019 following a defeat to hosts Japan.

England have been drawn alongside Japan and Argentina in Pool D, while Wales will be joined in Pool C by Australia and Fiji.

Hosts France have been paired with three-time world champions New Zealand in Pool A, a group which also includes Italy.