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The Rugby World Cup returns for perhaps the most competitive edition yet, with 20 teams vying for glory in France.
The tournament, which runs from 8 September to 30 October, takes place in nine French cities.
Two decades on from England’s triumph in 2003, both the host and Ireland will harbour real hope of adding a second northern hemisphere nation’s name to the Webb Ellis Cup.
The two are part of a lead quartet that have distanced themselves at the top of the World Rugby rankings ahead of the tournament.
England, Wales and Australia, meanwhile, have fallen down after struggling to hit form so far in 2023. Get all the latest Rugby World Cup odds here.
World Rugby men’s rankings
(Teams in bold competing at 2023 World Cup)
2. South Africa
4. New Zealand
24. Hong Kong
30. South Korea
The full World Rugby rankings can be found here
Rugby World Cup 2023 pools
Pool A: France (ranking 3), New Zealand (4), Italy (13), Uruguay (17), Namibia (21).
Pool B: Ireland (1),South Africa (2),Scotland (5), Tonga (15), Romania (19).
Pool C: Fiji (7), Australia (9), Wales (10), Georgia (11), Portugal (16).
Pool D: Argentina (6), England (8), Samoa (12), Japan (14), Chile (22).
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