Rugby World Cup Limited has confirmed that the
Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw will take place in
London on 3 December 2012.
As for the 2011 tournament, the 12
automatically qualified teams will be seeded based on the IRB
World Rankings on 3 December 2012 and positioned into three bands
of four teams. The teams will then be randomly drawn by band into
the four pools that will comprise rugby's showcase event in
England in 2015.
of seeding teams for the Rugby World Cup Pool Allocation Draw
using the IRB World Rankings is a credible, succinct and proven
method that reflects form, stimulates interest and is backed by
our Unions," said RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset. "With every
test match played between now and
the draw counting towards the IRB World Rankings the Pool Allocation Draw adds an extra dimension to a mouth-watering year
that features the new tours and test schedule as well as Argentina's inclusion in the new Rugby Championship."
Eight Teams to Win
Places Through Qualification
RWC 2015 in England will comprise 20 teams allocated into four
pools: twelve teams that automatically qualified from RWC 2011 in New
Zealand; and eight teams that will come through the RWC 2015
global qualifier process which kicked-off in March this year.
The 12 automatic qualifiers are the Rugby World Cup 2011
winners New Zealand, runners-up France, losing semi-finalists Australia and Wales, losing quarter-finalists Argentina, England,
Ireland and South Africa, and Tonga, Scotland, Italy and Samoa, who finished in third place in their respective pools.
Like the last three RWC tournaments, there will be four pools of
five teams. Each team will be banded according to strength to try
and ensure evenly matched pools. The teams in each band will be
randomly drawn to determine the pools they go into.
directly qualified teams will be allocated into the top three
bands for the random draw using the IRB World Rankings of December
3 as follows:
Band 1 - The four highest ranked directly
Band 2 - The next four highest ranked directly
Band 3 - The final four directly qualified
Band 4 - Oceania 1, Europe 1, Asia 1, Americas 1
5 - Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Repechage winner
directly qualified teams are the teams that finished in the top
three of each RWC 2011 pool.
"The Pool Allocation Draw is another
major milestone as momentum builds towards England's hosting of
Rugby's showcase event. The draw is particularly significant for
the teams and for the fans as they can really begin their journey
towards Rugby World Cup 2015," said Paul Vaughan, CEO of the England
2015 organising body. "All eyes will be on the
draw so it gives us a fantastic global platform to talk about the
tournament and build excitement. Operationally this also allows us
to progress our collaborative work around the match schedule and
venue programme which are key elements for 2013."
timing of the draw three years out from Rugby World Cup 2015
enables RWCL and ER 2015 to develop the match schedule in
association with Rights Holding broadcasters, confirm venues and
base camps and provide teams with an appropriate lead-in time to
maximise planning and preparation.
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