"Four more teams" - England could get straightforward pool in expanded 2027 Rugby World Cup

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The Rugby World Cup 2027 draw is scheduled to occur in January 2026, providing a unique scenario with a full two years of international competition still to unfold.

This early draw will utilise the World Rankings as of the conclusion of November 2025 to determine the seeding of participating teams.

During the draw, the 24 participating teams will be divided into six pools, each consisting of four teams. Notably, this draw will transpire before the regional qualifiers have concluded, resulting in a dual-world approach.

On one side, we have the twelve automatic qualifiers from the 2023 Rugby World Cup, confirmed by their names. On the other side, the regional qualifiers will be represented as Africa 1, Europe 1, Europe 2, and so forth.

Rugby World Cup 2027 is set to be hosted in Australia, marking the eleventh edition of the Men’s Rugby World Cup and the third time it will take place in Australia. The country previously co-hosted the inaugural Rugby World Cup with New Zealand in 1987 and served as the sole host in 2003.

With the current World Rankings in mind, let’s delve into how the 2027 Rugby World Cup will shape up via Rugby Centre.

2027 Rugby World Cup draw (Current rankings)

POOL A

  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • Portugal
  • Spain

POOL B

  • France
  • Fiji
  • Tonga
  • Chile

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