The Rugby World Cup 2023 will take place in France from 8 September to 28 October 2023. 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 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will include 16 men’s national rugby teams and the tournament is set to take place in 9 host cities – You can see the promotional video for the RWC 2023 in France here.
Japan Brave Blossoms are the only Asian representation at the Men’s RWC 2023.
Rugby Asia 247 has been confirmed as accredited media and will be in France to cover RWC 2023.
The organisers confirmed that the RWC 2023 Opening Ceremony will be broadcast in 182 countries worldwide and is expected to reach more than 10 million viewers in the host country.
The Rugby World Cup France 2023 match schedule was announced on Friday, February 26th 2021.
There are four pools of five teams with the top two teams from each pool qualifying to the knockout stages.
Some of the bigger pool matches are spread between Wednesdays to Sundays, while for the first time, Mondays and Tuesdays will be game-free.
Marseille (Stade Vélodrome) and Saint-Denis (Stade de France) will host the quarter-finals on 14-15 October 2023. The 80,000-capacity Stade de France will also host the two semi-finals on Friday 20 and Saturday, 21 October, the bronze final on Friday, 27 October and the final on Saturday, 28 October.
*Spain was due to be in the pool but in April 2022 they were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in qualifying.
At the start of the qualifications process, 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 concluded with a four-team round-robin Final Qualification Tournament in November 2022 to determine the final qualifier. This was won by Portugal on 18th November 2022 in Dubai.
Japan had already qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2023 based on their performances at the RWC 2019.
For another Asian team to qualify, they needed 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 would qualify while the loser would go to Final Qualification – Asia / Pacific 1 in the final qualification tournament in 2022.
There were four teams in the Final Qualification Tournament which took place in Dubai from November 6-18, 2022 to determine the last spot at RWC 2023 via a round-robin competition.
These teams were:
The tournament was played over three match days between the 6 -18 of November (6th, 12th, 18th) 2022 and the team which accrues the most competition points gained the final spot in Pool C at RWC 2023 – Portugal was the Repechage winner.
The match officials for the RWC 2023 Final Qualification Tournament were confirmed here.
The final placements were:
South Africa’s Jaco Peyper will referee the Rugby World Cup 2023 opening match between hosts France and New Zealand at Stade de France on 8 September it was confirmed.
In April 2021, a seven-person Players’ Committee was announced which will pursue several objectives at the RWC 2023. The committee includes:
Ticketing details for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France were first announced on 4 March 2021. 500,000 people registered for the 2023 Family presale and fans had 48 hours to confirm their selection and can make phased payments.
Fans interested in tickets for the tournament were invited to join the 2023 Family for exclusive advantages for Rugby World Cup France 2023, including pre-sale access.
RWC 2023 was confirmed as the fastest-selling edition ever with as many as 2.5 million tickets sold and 600,000 travelling fans expected to enjoy RWC 2023 in France. That number will also be a record for a Rugby World Cup and the average duration of stay for each visitor will be 15 days.
The top 5 international visitors are expected to come from:
Rugby Villages will be able to host up to 40,000 RWC 2023 fans and will be open to all with free admission.
These Rugby Villages will offer a programme of activities, including live coverage of Rugby World Cup 2023 matches, live music, food and beverage, rugby activities, cultural events and children’s zones.
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.
Rugby World Cup France 2023 Worldwide Partners include Societe Generale, Mastercard, Asahi, Capgemini, and Facebook.
In April 2021, Asahi Superdry was confirmed as the official beer of the RWC 2023 and the first Asian Commercial partner of the tournament in France.
In September 2021, Rugby World Cup 2023 announced the Capgemini and Facebook partnerships.
In Asia, the official announcements for broadcast and streaming coverage of the RWC 2023 have been:
World Rugby announced the Rugby World Cup 2021 and 2023 broadcaster in France will be TF1 which will provide free-to-air coverage of the women’s and men’s tournaments.
Dutch pay-television broadcaster Ziggo Sports agreed on a rights deal for the Rugby World Cup 2023 with World Rugby. Ziggo signed the deal for exclusive rights in the Netherlands to the 2023 World Cup, in February 2022.
You can follow all of the official broadcast partners for Rugby World Cup 2023 here.
In September 2021, the official Gilbert Rugby World Cup 2023 match ball’s design was unveiled. World Rugby said it “symbolises the special unity between rugby and the French host cities that will provide the welcoming backdrop to the teams and fans from across France and around the world.”
In July 2021, World Rugby confirmed Rugby au Cœur (Rugby at Heart) as the transformational Official Charity of Rugby World Cup 2023.
Rugby au Cœur aims to engage a global audience in support of sustainable development initiatives that promote health, education, gender equality, diversity and inclusion.