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World Snooker Championship draw: Who do Ronnie O'Sullivan, Luca Brecel play?

The 2024 World Snooker Championship draw was made on Thursday, but who will Ronnie O'Sullivan and defending champion Luca Brecel face in the first round?

Seven-time winner Ronnie O'Sullivan and defending champion Luca Brecel have each discovered their first-round opponents for the 2024 World Snooker Championship.

Qualifying for the latest edition of the Crucible event has been taking place over the past week, with the 16 qualifiers confirmed on Wednesday night.

O'Sullivan has been handed a clash with 22-year-old Welshman Jackson Page, who is making just his second appearance in Sheffield having reached the second round two years ago.

Meanwhile, Brecel will go up against former semi-finalist David Gilbert, who is making his sixth successive outing in the tournament.

What other ties stand out?

The pick of the first-round ties is the contest between 2019 world champion Judd Trump and Iran's Hossein Vafaei, who had to come through qualifying.

Four-time winner Mark Selby plays Joe O'Connor, while in-form Mark Williams faces 2023 semi-finalist Si Jiahui in another exciting last-32 tie.

Jamie Jones's reward for defeating former champion Neil Robertson in qualifying is a showdown with another legendary figure in John Higgins, with Mark Allen going up against Robbie Williams.

The tournament gets underway on Saturday.

Full first-round draw

Luca Brecel vs. David Gilbert
Robert Milkins vs. Pang Junxu
Ali Carter vs. Stephen Maguire
Shaun Murphy vs. Lyu Haotian
Mark Selby vs. Joe O'Connor
Kyren Wilson vs. Dominic Dale
John Higgins vs. Jamie Jones
Mark Allen vs. Robbie Williams
Judd Trump vs. Hossein Vafaei
Tom Ford vs. Ricky Walden
Zhang Anda vs. Jak Jones
Mark Williams vs. Si Jiahui
Ding Junhui vs. Jack Lisowski
Gary Wilson vs. Stuart Bingham
Barry Hawkins vs. Ryan Day
Ronnie O'Sullivan vs. Jackson Page

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