Japan and Fiji could spring the big surprise at 2023 Rugby World Cup

THE 2023 World Cup draw that took place amid French pomp and ceremony at the Palais Brongniart in Paris on Monday at least looked good, even though most of it showed the chronic administrative flaws we have come to expect of these would-be showpieces.
It also bucked the current political trend because despite the presence of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, England actually got a good deal after being drawn in the most accommodating of the four pools, alongside Argentina and Japan.
It meant that they avoided the holders, South Africa (1 in the World Rugby rankings), the perennial favouri...

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