Scotland and Ireland set for another World Cup showdown

11 February 2021 22:43:30 GMTPlus10

Scotland and Ireland have once again been drawn in the same pool ahead of the 2023 World Cup in France.

Ireland secured a comfortable win against the Scots at the 2019 World Cup in Japan in their Pool A opener and the two Six Nations rivals are set to do battle at the major tournament once again.

Reigning world champions South Africa lineup against the two Celtic nations as the other confirmed team in Pool B.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has admitted his side have a tough challenge ahead of them across the Channel.

"There's an excitement when you see the draw and think ahead to the draw," he said. "Then there's the reality of who you'll face.

"It's the toughest World Cup draw based on the rankings. South Africa are first, Ireland are fifth and we're seventh."

Hosts France have been drawn in Pool A against New Zealand and Italy, while Wales will face Australia and Fiji in Pool C.

England have been handed intriguing clashes with Japan and Argentina who were confirmed as their two opponents in Pool D so far.

The Springboks are 11/2 to win the 2023 World Cup, with the All Blacks are 2/1 to lift the trophy.

Eddie Jones' England, who are going for their second world title after success in 2003, are 9/2 to go one step further after finishing up as runners-up in 2019 against the Boks.

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