2023 Rugby World Cup

The 2023 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the tenth men's Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's rugby union teams. It is scheduled to take place in France from 8 September to 28 October 2023 in nine venues across the country. The opening match and final will take place at the Stade de France, in the commune of Saint-Denis, north of Paris. The tournament will take place in the bicentenary year of the "invention" of the sport by William Webb Ellis.[2]

2023 Rugby World Cup
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Tournament details
Host nation France
Dates8 September – 28 October 2023
No. of nations20
2019
2027

Originally, the tournament was scheduled to last the typical six weeks; however, on 23 February 2021, World Rugby announced an additional week to accommodate the additional rest day requirement for player welfare. This means that teams will have a minimum of five rest days for all matches, optimising recovery and preparation for the tournament. It will be the third time France has hosted the Rugby World Cup, having previously hosted the 2007 Rugby World Cup, as well as the 1991 Rugby World Cup as joint hosts with England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It precedes the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris and will take place less than a year before the Olympic opening ceremony.

The defending champions are South Africa, who defeated England 32–12 in the 2019 final.

Chile will make its first ever appearance at the Rugby World Cup, and Portugal will return for its second appearance, after 16 years.

Host country selectionEdit

World Rugby requested that any members wishing to host the 2023 event were to submit an expression of interest by June 2015. A total of six unions responded. The Italian Rugby Federation were among the members interested, but withdrew from their bid on 28 September 2016. The Argentine Rugby Union and USA Rugby both expressed their interest in hosting the event but ultimately decided against a formal bid.[citation needed] Three bids were officially submitted to World Rugby by the June 2017 deadline.

On 15 November 2017, the French Rugby Federation bid was chosen ahead of bids by the South African Rugby Union and the Irish Rugby Football Union. France had launched its bid on 9 February 2017.[3]

VenuesEdit

On 17 March 2017, twelve host cities were selected.[4] This list was later reduced to nine cities (excluding Paris, Montpellier and Lens):

Saint-Denis
(Paris)
Marseille Décines-Charpieu
(Lyon)
Villeneuve-d'Ascq
(Lille)
Stade de Franceab Stade Vélodromea Stade Lyon-Décines Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Capacity: 80,698 Capacity: 67,394 Capacity: 59,186 Capacity: 50,186
       
Bordeaux
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux
Capacity: 42,115
 
Saint-Étienne Nice Nantes Toulouse
Stade Geoffroy-Guicharda Stade de Nice Stade de la Beaujoirea Stadium Municipalab
Capacity: 41,965 Capacity: 35,624 Capacity: 35,322 Capacity: 33,150
       

a Stadium/site used in 2007 Rugby World Cup. b Stadium/site used in 1999 Rugby World Cup.

Team base campsEdit

National squads' base camps
Team City
  Argentina La Baule-Escoublac
  Australia Saint-Étienne
  Chile Perros-Guirec
  England Le Touquet
  Fiji Lormont
  France Rueil-Malmaison
  Georgia Île de Ré
  Ireland Tours
  Italy Bourgoin-Jallieu
  Japan Toulouse
Team City
  Namibia Aix-les-Bains
  New Zealand Lyon
  Portugal Perpignan
  Romania Libourne
  Samoa Montpellier
  Scotland Nice
  South Africa Toulon
  Tonga Croissy-sur-Seine
  Uruguay Avignon
  Wales Versailles

QualifyingEdit

 
Qualification status:
  Qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
  Failed to qualify.
  Withdrew or suspended.

Twenty teams are set to compete. A total of 12 teams gained automatic qualification for the tournament after finishing in the top three of their pool at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which included France already automatically qualified as host. The remaining eight spaces will be decided by regional competitions followed by a few cross-regional play-offs.

Spain originally qualified as Europe 2, but Romania lodged an official complaint that Spain had fielded an ineligible player during the qualifying tournament. After a controversial investigation, it was concluded that the player in question had falsified his passport: Spain received a deduction of 10 points, resulting in them being effectively ejected from the competition, with Romania replacing them as Europe 2 and Portugal taking Romania's spot in the repechage tournament.[5]

On 18 November 2022, Portugal won the repechage tournament to be the last country to qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. It was the first time ever that Canada did not qualify for the Rugby World Cup, the first time since 1995 that the United States did not qualify, and the first time three teams from South America qualified. This is the first Rugby World Cup without any participation from North America.

The below table shows the qualified teams as of 18 November 2022:

Qualified teams
Region Team Qualification
method
Previous
apps
Previous best result World Rugby
Ranking
¹
Africa   South Africa Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 7 Champions (1995, 2007, 2019) 4
  Namibia Africa 1 6 Pool stage (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019) 21
Asia   Japan Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Quarter-finals (2019) 10
Europe   France Hosts 9 Runners-up (1987, 1999, 2011) 2
  England Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Champions (2003) 5
  Ireland Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Quarter-finals (seven times) 1
  Italy Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Pool stage (nine times) 12
  Scotland Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Fourth place (1991) 6
  Wales Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Third place (1987) 9
  Georgia Europe 1 5 Pool stage (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019) 13
  Romania Europe 2 8 Pool stage (eight times) 20
  Portugal Final Qualifier 1 Pool stage (2007) 18
Oceania   Australia Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Champions (1991, 1999) 8
  Fiji Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 8 Quarter-finals (1987, 2007) 14
  New Zealand Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Champions (1987, 2011, 2015) 3
  Samoa Oceania 1 8 Quarter-finals (1991, 1995) 11
  Tonga Asia/Pacific 1 8 Pool stage (eight times) 15
South America   Argentina Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Third place (2007) 7
  Uruguay Americas 1 4 Pool stage (1999, 2003, 2015, 2019) 17
  Chile Americas 2 0 Debut 22

¹as of 21 November 2022

DrawEdit

The pool draw took place on 14 December 2020 in Paris.[6] The draw returned to its traditional place of the year following the previous World Cup, after the end-of-year internationals.

The seeding system from previous Rugby World Cups was retained with the 12 automatic qualifiers from 2019 being allocated to their respective bands based on their World Rugby Rankings on 1 January 2020:

  • Band 1: The four highest-ranked teams
  • Band 2: The next four highest-ranked teams
  • Band 3: The final four directly qualified teams

The remaining two bands were made up of the eight qualifying teams, with allocation to each band being based on the previous Rugby World Cup playing strength:

  • Band 4: – Oceania 1, Europe 1, Americas 1, Asia/Pacific 1
  • Band 5: – Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Final Qualifier Winner

This meant the 20 teams, qualified and qualifiers, were seeded thus (world ranking as of 1 January 2020):

Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5

Pool stageEdit

Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2027 Rugby World Cup
Eliminated but qualified for 2027 Rugby World Cup

Pool AEdit

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 September 2023 France   v   New Zealand Stade de France, Saint-Denis
9 September 2023 Italy   v   Namibia Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne
14 September 2023 France   v   Uruguay Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
15 September 2023 New Zealand   v   Namibia Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
20 September 2023 Italy   v   Uruguay Allianz Riviera, Nice
21 September 2023 France   v   Namibia Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
27 September 2023 Uruguay   v   Namibia Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
29 September 2023 New Zealand   v   Italy Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
5 October 2023 New Zealand   v   Uruguay Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
6 October 2023 France   v   Italy Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu

Pool BEdit

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 September 2023 Ireland   v   Romania Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
10 September 2023 South Africa   v   Scotland Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
16 September 2023 Ireland   v   Tonga Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
17 September 2023 South Africa   v   Romania Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
23 September 2023 South Africa   v   Ireland Stade de France, Saint-Denis
24 September 2023 Scotland   v   Tonga Allianz Riviera, Nice
30 September 2023 Scotland   v   Romania Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
1 October 2023 South Africa   v   Tonga Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
7 October 2023 Ireland   v   Scotland Stade de France, Saint-Denis
8 October 2023 Tonga   v   Romania Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille

Pool CEdit

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 September 2023 Australia   v   Georgia Stade de France, Saint-Denis
10 September 2023 Wales   v   Fiji Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
16 September 2023 Wales   v   Portugal Allianz Riviera, Nice
17 September 2023 Australia   v   Fiji Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne
23 September 2023 Georgia   v   Portugal Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
24 September 2023 Wales   v   Australia Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
30 September 2023 Fiji   v   Georgia Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
1 October 2023 Australia   v   Portugal Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne
7 October 2023 Wales   v   Georgia Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
8 October 2023 Fiji   v   Portugal Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse

Pool DEdit

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Chile 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 September 2023 England   v   Argentina Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
10 September 2023 Japan   v   Chile Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
16 September 2023 Samoa   v   Chile Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
17 September 2023 England   v   Japan Allianz Riviera, Nice
22 September 2023 Argentina   v   Samoa Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne
23 September 2023 England   v   Chile Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
28 September 2023 Japan   v   Samoa Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
30 September 2023 Argentina   v   Chile Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
7 October 2023 England   v   Samoa Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
8 October 2023 Japan   v   Argentina Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes

Knockout stageEdit

The knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup will consist of three single-elimination rounds culminating in a final and a third-place playoff. Following a tie in regulation time, two 10-minute periods of extra time will be used to determine a winner. If the scores are tied at the end of extra time, an additional 10-minute "sudden death" period is played, with the first team to score any points being declared the winner. If the score remains tied at the end of extra time, a kicking competition would ensue.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
14 October – Marseille
 
 
Winner of Pool C
 
20 October – Saint-Denis
 
Runner-up of Pool D
 
Winner of QF1
 
14 October – Saint-Denis
 
Winner of QF2
 
Winner of Pool B
 
28 October – Saint-Denis
 
Runner-up of Pool A
 
Winner of SF1
 
15 October – Marseille
 
Winner of SF2
 
Winner of Pool D
 
21 October – Saint-Denis
 
Runner-up of Pool C
 
Winner of QF3
 
15 October – Saint-Denis
 
Winner of QF4Bronze final
 
Winner of Pool A
 
27 October – Saint-Denis
 
Runner-up of Pool B
 
Loser of SF1
 
 
Loser of SF2
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

14 October 2023
17:00
Winner of Pool CQF1Runner-up of Pool D
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

14 October 2023
21:00
Winner of Pool BQF2Runner-up of Pool A
Stade de France, Saint-Denis

15 October 2023
17:00
Winner of Pool DQF3Runner-up of Pool C
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

15 October 2023
21:00
Winner of Pool AQF4Runner-up of Pool B
Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Semi-finalsEdit

20 October 2023
21:00
Winner of QF1SF1Winner of QF2
Stade de France, Saint-Denis

21 October 2023
21:00
Winner of QF3SF2Winner of QF4
Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Bronze finalEdit

27 October 2023
21:00
Loser of SF1vLoser of SF2
Stade de France, Saint-Denis

FinalEdit

28 October 2023
21:00
Winner of SF1vWinner of SF2
Stade de France, Saint-Denis

BroadcastingEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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