Host nation England will face top seed side Australia and neighbours Wales in Pool A of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The draw was made at a ceremony held at the Tate Modern art gallery on London’s South Bank on Monday afternoon, which presented England with a tough test in the group stages of the tournament, though they managed to avoid defending champions New Zealand.
Scotland were drawn with South Africa and Samoa, while Ireland will face France and Italy.
New Zealand were granted perhaps the easiest run-in to the knock-out stages, as they were drawn with Argentina and Tonga.
Eight teams remain to be entered into the groups, with the places being decided by a series of qualifying matches.
The tournament kicks off on September 18, 2015, with Twickenham staging the final six weeks later.