The Wallabies have scored a dream draw at the 2023 Rugby World Cup after it was confirmed that the men will face Wales and Fiji in gold as they did in the 2015 and 2019 tournaments but could face England again in the quarter-finals compete.
In what was almost the best case for Dave Rennie’s team, Australia managed to avoid the reigning champions South Africa, the heavyweights New Zealand or the arch-rivals England in a pool draw on Monday evening in Paris (AEDT). .
Instead, Australia will face Wales, who have lost seven of their last nine Tests and slipped to ninth place in the world rankings.
Wales beat Australia 29:25 in Tokyo last year and are traditionally a tough team at World Cups. They fell to the eventual winner South Africa in last year’s semi-finals.
For the third World Cup in a row, the wallabies were drawn next to Fiji, which they easily defeated in 2015 and, despite an early horror, defeated in Sapporo in 2019 with 39:21. Fiji ranks 11th. Place in the world.
Australia will also lock the horns with the teams « Europe 1 » and « Qualifier », which are yet to be determined.
« There’s still a long way to go from a World Championship perspective, but now it’s getting a bit of a reality, » Rennie told reporters. « There is no such thing as a simple pool. If you look at the three sides that are confirmed in this pool, they are all very tough.
« Fiji has great athletes and with Vern [Cotter] in charge he will give them an edge that will make a real difference. We’re every three years away. Our teams will change a lot. There will be people who will get through and I can imagine that in three years we will all get better. There is so much water under the bridge. Our focus next year will be on a really big campaign. We could play up to 15 tests next year. «
There is a good chance the European team will be Georgia, which the Wallabies faced at the last World Cup in Japan.
In Pool A, hosts France were drawn alongside New Zealand and Italy, in Pool B South Africa, Ireland and Scotland will be merged, while the reigning finalist England will play alongside Pool and Japan in Pool D against the constantly improving Japan and Argentina.
The Pool C winner will face the Pool D runner-up, which means the Wallabies will face Japan or Argentina if Australia is first in Pool C and England first in Pool D..
However, in the event that Australia loses to Wales like in 2019, there is a high probability that they will face Eddie Jones’ English team again.
Under new coach Rennie, Australia won just one of their six Tests in 2020 but drew three times, two of which went against Argentina.
The Wallabies had a memorable 2019 World Cup despite being pulled in a cheap pool next to Wales, Fiji, Georgia and Uruguay. They fell 40:16 against England in the quarter-finals in Oita.
World Rugby decided that the sowing would be off the rankings at the end of last year due to COVID-19 and a disjointed testing calendar in 2020.
The Wallabies rank sixth in the world but have done well to ensure that all the teams they will compete against in 2023 are below them in the current ranking.
QF 1 – Winner pool C v Runner-up pool DQF 2 – Winner pool B v Runner-up pool AQF 3 – Winner pool D v Runner-up pool CQF 4 – Winner pool A v Runner-up pool B
(The winners of the semi-finals qualify for the final and the losers of the semi-finals contest the bronze final. ).
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