Host nation England, who went into today’s draw at the Tate Modern art gallery in London, on the back of a 38-21 win over defending champions New Zealand, will be joined in Pool A by two qualifiers, Oceania 1 – possibly Vereniki Goneva’s Fiji – and the play-off winner.
Logovi’i Mulipola’s Samoa are in Pool B alongside Scotland, South Africa and two qualifiers, Asia 1 and Americas 2.
Pool C could see Marcos Ayerza and Steve Mafi face each other after Argentina and Tonga were drawn in a group that also contains the All Blacks, plus Europe 1 and Africa 1.
And Martin Castrogiovanni’s Italy have landed France, Ireland, Americas 1 and Europe 2.
The tournament kicks off on September 18, 2015, with Twickenham staging the final six weeks later.
2015 World Cup group-stage draw:
Pool A: Australia, England, Wales, Oceania 1, Play-off Winner
Pool B: South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Asia 1, Americas 2
Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1, Africa 1
Pool D: France, Ireland, Italy, Americas 1, Europe 2