The Rugby World Cup 2023 will take place in France. This is scheduled to be the tenth men’s Rugby World Cup, and will mark the 200th anniversary of the ‘invention’ of rugby by William Webb Ellis. The tournament is set to take place from 8 September to 21 October 2023.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will include 16 men’s national rugby teams.
You can see the promotional video for the RWC 2023 in France here.
The match schedule and groups will be determined closer to the date of the tournament. The 2023 RWC is set to run from 8 September to 21 October 2023.
In total 9 host cities are set to be included in France.
There should be four pools of four teams with the top two teams from each pool qualifying to the knockout stages.
World Rugby said, “With 12 teams having secured their place at France 2023 courtesy of finishing in the top three of their respective pools at RWC 2019, the remaining eight places will be determined by a process of regional and cross-regional qualifiers.”
The process will conclude with a four-team round-robin Final Qualification Tournament in November 2022 to determine the final qualifier.
Japan has already qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2023 based on their performances at the RWC 2019.
For another Asian team to qualify, they will need to win the Asian Rugby Men’s Championship 2021 and then take on the Oceania runner up for play-off games home and away. The winner on aggregate will qualify while the loser will go to Final Qualification – Asia / Pacific 1 in the final qualification tournament in 2022.
The Rugby World Cup 2023 Draw takes place on 14 December 2020 and the official match calendar announcement is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021
China/Hong Kong RWC 2023 OTA
Japan RWC 2023 OTA
In the whole of Asia, agents from only two countries were selected. It’s not clear how many OTA’s from the region applied.
Travel packages will go on sale in March 2021, but fans can already register their interest with the agency in their territory.