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 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will include 16 men’s national rugby teams. The tournament is set to take place from 8 September to 28 October 2023.
You can see the promotional video for the RWC 2023 in France here.
In April 2021, a seven-person Players’ Committee was announced which will pursue several objectives at the RWC 2023. The committee includes:
The Rugby World Cup France 2023 match schedule were announced on Friday, February 26th 2021.
In total 9 host cities are set to be included in France. 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.
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.
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 have 48 hours to confirm their selection and can make phased payments.
Fans interested in tickets for the tournament are invited to join the 2023 Family for exclusive advantages for Rugby World Cup France 2023, including pre-sale access.
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.
Rugby World Cup France 2023 Worldwide Partners include Societe Generale, Mastercard, Asahi, Capgemini, 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.
World Rugby announced the Rugby World Cup 2021 and 2023 the broadcaster will be TF1 who will provide free-to-air coverage of the women and men’s tournaments.
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.