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2023 Rugby World Cup

The 2023 Rugby World Cup, to be hosted by France, is scheduled to be the tenth men's Rugby World Cup, taking place in the year of the 200th anniversary of the 'invention' of the sport by William Webb Ellis from 8 September to 21 October.[1] The final will take place at the Stade de France. It will be the second time France has hosted the Rugby World Cup, having previously hosted the 2007 event. It is a warm-up for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris and will take place less than a year before the Olympic opening ceremony.

2023 Rugby World Cup
Coupe du monde de rugby à XV 2023
2023 Rugby World Cup.jpg
Tournament details
Host nation France
Dates8 September – 21 October
2019
2027

South Africa will be the defending champions.

QualifyingEdit

20 teams are set to compete. A total of 12 teams gained automatic qualification to the tournament after finishing in the top three of their pool at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, while France automatically qualify as host. The remaining eight spaces will be decided by regional competitions followed by a few cross regional play-offs. The final spot will be decided by a repechage tournament in November 2022.

The below table shows the qualified teams as of 2 November 2019:

Qualified Teams
Region Team Qualification
method
Previous
apps
Previous best result World
Ranking
Africa   South Africa Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 7 Champions (1995, 2007, 2019) 1
Asia   Japan Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Quarter-finals (2019) 8
Europe   England Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Champions (2003) 3
  France Hosts 9 Runners-up (1987, 1999, 2011) 7
  Ireland Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Quarter-finals (seven times) 5
  Italy Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Pool stage 12
  Scotland Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Fourth place (1991) 9
  Wales Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Third place (1987) 4
Oceania   Australia Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Champions (1991, 1999) 6
  Fiji Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 8 Quarter-finals (1987, 2007) 11
  New Zealand Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Champions (1987, 2011, 2015) 2
South America   Argentina Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool 9 Third place (2007) 10

Hosting and venuesEdit

The French Rugby Federation bid was chosen by World Rugby on 15 November 2017, ahead of bids by the South African Rugby Union and the Irish Rugby Football Union. France had launched its bid on 9 February 2017.[2] On 17 March, 12 host cities were selected.[3] This list was later reduced to 9 cities (excluding Paris, Montpellier and Lens):

Saint-Denis

(Paris)

Marseille Décines-Charpieu

(Lyon)

Villeneuve-d'Ascq

(Lille)

Stade de Franceab Stade Vélodromea Parc Olympique Lyonnais Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Capacity: 80,698 Capacity: 67,394 Capacity: 59,186 Capacity: 50,157
       
Bordeaux
Matmut Atlantique
Capacity: 42,115
 
Saint-Étienne Nice Nantes Toulouse
Stade Geoffroy-Guicharda Allianz Riviera 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.

BroadcastingEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Webb Ellis, William", Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Rugby: France launch 2023 World Cup bid", Reuters, 9 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017
  3. ^ "#France2023 : Douze villes hôtes retenues" (in French). sport24.com. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2019 and TF1 continue record broadcast partnership".
  5. ^ rugbybworldcup.com. "ITV appointed UK rights holder for men's and women's Rugby World Cup events". Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  6. ^ "NBC SPORTS GROUP ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE U.S. MEDIA RIGHTS TO RUGBY WORLD CUP". 22 May 2017.

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