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2015 Rugby World Cup draw

  • Full draw for the group stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup...

    Pool A: Play-off winner, Oceania 1, Wales, England & Australia

    Pool B: Americas 2, Asia 1, Scotland, Samoa & South Africa

    Pool C: Africa 1, Europe 1, Tonga, Argentina & New Zealand

    Pool D: Europe 2, Americas 1, Italy, Ireland & France
    12/3/2012 3:20:17 PM
  • Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
    12/3/2012 2:23:44 PM
  • The draw is scheduled to start at 3pm.
    12/3/2012 2:44:51 PM
  • Four pools of five teams will be drawn - with one team from each tier, based on the IRB world rankings, going into each group.
    12/3/2012 2:46:05 PM
  • The tiers are as follows...
    12/3/2012 2:46:15 PM
  • * Tier one is New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and France.

    * Tier two is England, Ireland, Samoa and Argentina.

    * Tier three is Wales, Italy, Tonga and Scotland.

    * Tier four is Oceania 1, Europe 1, Asia 1 and Americas 1.

    * Tier five is Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Repechage winner.
    12/3/2012 2:46:30 PM
  • Following England's 38-21 triumph over New Zealand at the weekend, they are the team to avoid from the tier two seeds.
    12/3/2012 2:54:43 PM
  • The other sides in tier two are Ireland, Samoa and Argentina.
    12/3/2012 2:55:07 PM
  • Wales, World Cup semi-finalists just 12 over a year ago, find themselves down in tier three following their poor showing at the autumn internationals.
    12/3/2012 2:56:13 PM
  • While not great news for the Welsh, none of the sides from the top two tiers will want to face them. Italy, Tonga and Scotland - the other sides in tier three, look a much easier proposition.
    12/3/2012 2:57:08 PM
  • The identity of tier four and five countries will be confirmed after World Cup qualifying games.
    12/3/2012 2:57:24 PM
  • The top sides, and those that make up tier one, are New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and France.
    12/3/2012 2:58:28 PM
  • The way the tournament works will see the top two sides from each of the four groups progress to the quarter-finals.
    12/3/2012 2:59:36 PM
  • The full list of venues is: Villa Park, Birmingham; Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton; Ashton Gate, Bristol; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Coventry Stadium, Coventry; Pride Park, Derby; Kingsholm, Gloucester; Elland Road, Leeds; Leicester City Stadium, Leicester; Olympic Stadium, London; Twickenham Stadium, London; Wembley Stadium, London; Old Trafford, Manchester; Stadiummk, Milton Keynes; St James’ Park, Newcastle; St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton; Stadium of Light, Sunderland.
    12/3/2012 3:00:17 PM
  • The Webb Ellis trophy - this is what it's all about. The trophy will be handed to the winner at Twickenham on October 31, 2015.

    12/3/2012 3:03:16 PM
  • So the nightmare draw in theory for England would see them up against Wales and reining World Champions New Zealand. Although following the weekend's victory at Twickenham, Stuart Lancaster's side will be fearing no-one.
    12/3/2012 3:05:54 PM
  • An easier path to the knock out phase would see England grouped together with France and Scotland.
    12/3/2012 3:06:39 PM
  • As we wait for the draw, which should kick off in a couple of minutes, re-live England's stunning victory with Chris Hewett's look back at the match.
    12/3/2012 3:08:02 PM
  • How did the England squad perform over the series? Chris Hewett rates the players...
    12/3/2012 3:09:17 PM
  • The draw is under way...
    12/3/2012 3:10:12 PM
  • Being drawn first by Richie McCaw are the sides from tier five which comprises Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Repechage winner. Not much to get exceited by there then.
    12/3/2012 3:11:09 PM
  • Pool A: Play-off winner

    Pool B: Americas 2

    Pool C: Africa 1

    Pool D: Europe 2
    12/3/2012 3:11:36 PM
  • Now for tier four teams - again, we don't know their identity yet so not very exciting.
    12/3/2012 3:12:08 PM
  • Pool A: Play-off winner, Oceania 1

    Pool B: Americas 2, Asia 1

    Pool C: Africa 1, Europe 1

    Pool D: Europe 2, Americas 1
    12/3/2012 3:12:30 PM
  • Wales are in Pool A.
    12/3/2012 3:12:35 PM
  • Scotland in Pool B.
    12/3/2012 3:12:43 PM
  • Tonga in Pool C.
    12/3/2012 3:12:51 PM
  • Italy in Pool D.
    12/3/2012 3:12:56 PM
  • England are in Pool A with Wales! Oh no.
    12/3/2012 3:13:18 PM
  • And Australia are the other side in Pool A - that's certainly the group of death.
    12/3/2012 3:14:34 PM
  • Pool A: Play-off winner, Oceania 1, Wales, England & Australia

    Pool B: Americas 2, Asia 1, Scotland, Samoa & South Africa

    Pool C: Africa 1, Europe 1, Tonga, Argentina & New Zealand

    Pool D: Europe 2, Americas 1, Italy, Ireland & France
    12/3/2012 3:15:40 PM
  • What a nightmare draw for hosts England - it couldn't get much tougher than Wales and Australia.
    12/3/2012 3:16:43 PM
  • Let us know your thoughts on the draw...
    12/3/2012 3:18:01 PM
  • I thought the Chris Hewett article was pure class. Great writing.
    12/3/2012 3:19:04 PM
  • Faaaaak! That is a tought World Cup draw! #bigames #oz #wales
  • Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Draw http://shar.es/6j4rK #goodluck Eng&Wales ...You have to beat the best to win so lets not moan!
  • What a spicy World Cup group. All three of Eng Aus Wal will fancy their chances #RWC2015
  • The side 'Oceania 1' drawn in Group A alongside England will likely be Fiji - probably the strongest side of those yet to qualify.
    12/3/2012 3:20:57 PM
  • I think it is a terrific draw for Wales. A realistic chance that England or Australia will be eliminated at the group stage.
    12/3/2012 3:21:01 PM
  • Hard draw for us in the World Cup. Australia and Wales #ouch
  • 'Proakley' your comment is ridiculous. Wales are almost as bad as scotland. deluded welsh supporter.
    12/3/2012 3:27:23 PM
  • Tell us you thoughts on the draw. Who will progress from Group A? Is it a good draw for Scotland? Will Ireland fancy their chances?
    12/3/2012 3:28:05 PM
  • Scotland have quite a good group for the RWC. Just need to put the hard work in lads #SRU
  • Pleased with Ireland's group for the world cup
  • I wonder where will Ireland v France be played in 2015? #GroupD #GroupDecider #2015RWC
  • Samuella, wait for 6N when Wales 1st XV actually plays. You'll soon forget that flash in the pan NZ win. #EnglishArroganceNeverDies
    12/3/2012 3:34:14 PM
  • Proakley and Samuella are both very wrong. 3 years time anything could happen in group A. All depends on who peaks at the right time
    12/3/2012 3:42:58 PM
  • Thank you for joining us for the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. You can read more about it here.
    12/3/2012 4:07:30 PM
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