England and France drawn together at 2021 Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup 2021: England to face France, South Africa and Fiji in pool C

World Cup draw shows what awaits Ireland if they qualify for New Zealand 2021

The Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw saw New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, together with Rugby World Cup winners Melodie Robinson, Dr Farah Palmer and Dan Carter, draw the balls for the ninth edition of the showcase event.

"It's going to be fantastic", New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at the draw ceremony at Auckland's Sky City casino.

The winners will take the final qualification spot and play Wales, New Zealand and Australia.

In Pool B are Canada, the United States of American with the team that will qualify from Europe and Asian region.

Rugby World Cup 2017 runners-up England are drawn in Pool C alongside bronze medallists France, South Africa and Fiji, who are set to make their Rugby World Cup debut. Every time we come up against Australia it's a massive battle.

"If we want to win the World Cup we're going to have to play the best teams along the way so if they're in our pool that is what we focus on".

2021 Rugby World Cup draw

"To have it in the southern hemisphere is going to open people's eyes to our World Cup", she said.

"This is the largest sponsorship deal in Rugby League World Cup history and we are grateful for the trust Cazoo have shown in the tournament".

Ardern said New Zealand's success containing the coronavirus pandemic - allowing domestic life to return to near-normal - gave the tournament "an extra-special dimension for the whole world".

"An opportunity to break down gender discrimination in sport".

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont, who watched the draw from London because of travel restrictions, said the tournament would be an inspiration to young players, male and female. It is the first time a women's final will be played at a stadium which has hosted a men's final. It is the day that the teams and fans have been waiting for with great anticipation, the moment the tournament truly comes alive and the final preparations begin in earnest.

'New Zealand 2021, coupled with the enormous stage that the Olympics provides, will champion that mantra in a golden year for women in rugby and a year of celebration for our sport'.

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