The tournament kicks off with a blockbuster fixture between two of the favourites in Paris on Friday 8 September.
Hosts France can be added to the mix this time around, though, as genuine contenders alongside the All Blacks.
However, the draw carried out in December 2020 has generated a serious imbalance with those two teams, and other tournament heavyweights South Africa and Ireland, all in its top half.
While those teams are on a quarter-final collision course, the best of the rest would point to Australia, Argentina, England and Wales.
The Rugby World Cup final will be held on Saturday 28 October.