The two sides enjoyed a bruising pool encounter at last year'sfinals in Perth, Australia, which Clive Woodward's men won 25-6 before going onto beat Australia in the final.
And four years prior to that they met at the quarter-finals stagewith the Springboks getting the better of it on that occasion winning 44-21 inParis.
They were drawn in Pool A alongside the top side from the Oceania qualifiers, the third team from the Americas zone and the second teamfrom the repechage play-off system.
Pool B saw Australia and Wales drawn together, Pool C has NewZealand and Scotland and Pool D has France and Ireland.
The finals will be held mainly in France, but with some games inScotland, Wales and Ireland in September/October 2007 with the final at theStade de France, Paris on October 20.
With the four semi-finalists from Australia seeded 1-4, the drawwas mainly a question of pairing off the four losing quarter-finalists who forthe first time in World Cup history were not seeded.
It could have resulted in a mirror-image of the Australian draw,especially after the Springboks came out against England, but this timeAustralia got Wales instead of Ireland, the All Blacks got Scotland instead ofWales and Six Nations Grand Slammers France got Ireland instead of Scotland.
The zonal qualifiers for the finals will get underway later thisyear, but France and Ireland look likely to get Argentina who are expected to
Apart from the top eight teams, 10 places will be filled by Europe(3), Americas (3), Oceania (2), Africa (1) and Asia (1). The remaining twospots will be decided by two inter-zone play-offs.
Pool A England, South Africa, Oceania 1, Americas 3, Repechage 2.
Pool B Australia, Wales, Oceania 2, Americas 2, Asia 1.
Pool C New Zealand, Scotland, Europe 1, Europe 2, Repechage 1.
Pool D France, Ireland, Americas 1, Europe 3, Africa 1.
Top two in each pool will qualify for the quarter-finals.
AFP - 2004.