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Guide to the World Cup 2015 pool draw

Monday 03 Dec 2012 10:39a.m.

Guide to the World Cup 2015 pool draw

The pool draw for the 2015 World Cup in England will take place in London on Tuesday (NZT):

* The 20-team competition will comprise four pools, each containing five countries

* Seedings are based on International Rugby Board world rankings, with teams divided into five tiers of four

* Tier one is New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and France

* Tier two is England, Ireland, Samoa and Argentina

* Tier three is Wales, Italy, Tonga and Scotland

* Tier four is Oceania 1, Europe 1, Asia 1 and Americas 1

* Tier five is Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Repechage winner

* The identity of tier four and five countries will be confirmed after World Cup qualifying games

* A tier one country will be drawn into each of the four pools, followed by one from tier two, tier three, etc

* The trademark 'pool of death' is likely to be the one that includes Wales, who were World Cup semi-finalists in New Zealand last year

* The top two teams in each pool will progress to the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals

* The top three teams in each pool will secure automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in Japan

* The competition will run from September 18 to October 31, 2015, with Twickenham hosting the final.

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