Another busy day in the rugby union game as the groups were drawn for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which will be hosted in France.

What’s on the site

Pool B is very much the ‘group of death’ at the 2023 World Cup after Ireland and Scotland were drawn alongside defending champions South Africa. Hosts France will face New Zealand, while 2019 finalists England take on Japan and Argentina.

Elsewhere, it was a good weekend for Leinster, who defeated Montpellier in the opening round of the Champions Cup, and they have been rewarded with four players in our ‘Team of the Week.’

That competition is also discussed in ‘Who’s hot and who’s not,’ which delves into the main talking points from the past seven days. We look at the performances of world stars Kotaro Matsushima and Cheslin Kolbe, and also ponder the current issues at Sale Sharks following the departure of Steve Diamond as director of rugby.

Finally, James While discusses the big issues following the conclusion of the first round of Europe’s top-tier tournament.

What’s in the news

Exeter Chiefs coach Ali Hepher is looking forward to their clash against Toulouse in the Champions Cup next weekend. Both teams impressed in their tournament opener, with Exeter thrashing Glasgow and Toulouse ending Ulster’s outstanding home run.

Meanwhile, Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard was frustrated by his side’s lack of discipline after they succumbed to Munster. The English outfit had their entire back-row sin-binned during the contest, leaving them down to 14 men for 30 minutes.

What’s on social media

Australia, Wales and Fiji certainly know each other well and that trio were once again drawn together for the 2023 World Cup.

What’s on TV

The focus remains on European matters with Round Two of the Champions Cup taking place this weekend. The matches will be shown on BT Sport, with the Scarlets and Toulon kicking things off on Friday.

Meanwhile, with the seasons in New Zealand and Australia over following the denouement of the Tri Nations, the attention has switched to South Africa where the Currie Cup continues on Sky Sports.

The post Rugby Union Today: 2023 World Cup draw appeared first on Planet Rugby.