Wales have been drawn in the same group as current World Cup champions South Africa, and 2007 quarter-finalist foes Fiji, for the RWC 2011 tournament to be held in New Zealand.
Gareth Jenkins' Welsh side had their World Cup hopes ripped apart by the rampant Fijians in last year's World Cup in France. The other two teams drawn in the same group are qualifiers Oceania 1 and Africa 1.
In Pool A, New Zealand have been grouped with France for the very first time in the tournament's history at the group stage while England will meet Scotland for the first time at the same stage.
Italy will be drawing a sigh of relief as they have been drawn with the All Blacks for five of the previous six World Cups but on this occasion they have avoided the men in black and will play in Pool C where Australia will be firm favourites to progress with Ireland and Italy also fancying their chances.
2011 Rugby World Cup draw Pool A New Zealand, France, Tonga, Americas 1, Asia 1. Pool B Argentina, England, Scotland, Europe 1, Play Off winner Pool C Australia, Ireland, Italy, Europe 2, Americas 2 Pool D South Africa, Wales, Fiji, Oceania 1, Africa 1
How the draw worked: The 12 pre-qualified teams were: Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Tonga and Wales.
From these 12 teams, the top four in the IRB World Rankings on 1 December 2008 were be allocated to band one - or the top line in each pool - and drawn randomly into the pools. The next four teams were allocated into band two with the remaining four teams allocated into band three.
Banding of 12 automatic qualified teams:
Band 1: Top four ranked qualified teams (1 to 4 in IRB World Rankings)
Band 2: Next four ranked qualified teams (5 to 8 in IRB World Rankings)
Band 3: Bottom four ranked qualified teams (according to World Rankings)
This means that teams ranked in the top four of the IRB World Rankings on 1 December 2008 were not drawn in the same RWC 2011 pool. Equally, a team ranked five to eight in the rankings would definitely be in the same pool as a team ranked one to four.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.