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Rugby World Cup 2021: England to face France, South Africa and Fiji in pool C

The pool draw has been made for the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Beaumont, who is unable to attend the draw because of ongoing travel restrictions as a outcome of the pandemic, believes that New Zealand 2021, backed by the country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, will raise the bar on and off the field.

The winners of that route will head into the much trickier Pool A with hosts New Zealand, Wales and Australia.

Canada and the United States are due to play in Pool B, alongside qualifiers from Europe and Asia.

Rugby World Cup 2017 runners-up England are drawn in Pool C alongside bronze medallists France, South Africa and Fiji, who are set to make their Rugby World Cup debut.

Black Ferns captain Eloise Blackwell said she was looking forward to facing their traditional rivals the Wallaroos.

The tournament will take place in New Zealand for the first time, with games in Auckland and Whangarei between September 18 and October 16 next year.

"An opportunity to grow the game here but also internationally an opportunity to showcase our elite athletes and provide inspiration for girls, and boys". Meanwhile South Africa, who have not invested in the women's game in recent years at the same rate as other Tier One nations, are ranked 13th in the world and the Fijians 22nd.

"If we want to win the World Cup we're going to have to play the best teams along the way so if they're in our pool that is what we focus on". "We are committed to a spectacular Rugby World Cup 2021 and we can't wait to welcome all 12 teams to Aotearoa New Zealand".

Japan is aiming for their second straight women's World Cup appearance and fifth overall.

Ardern said New Zealand's success containing the coronavirus pandemic - allowing domestic life to return to near-normal - gave the tournament "an extra-special dimension for the whole world".

Jonathan Neill, RLWC2021 commercial director, said: "Rugby League World Cup 2021 is about being bold and fearless and setting firsts for the tournament".



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