Rugby World Cup: World Rugby announces qualification process for RWC 2023

World Rugby has announced the qualification process for the 2023 World Cup in France, aimed at promoting a "genuine opportunity" for all unions.

Twelve teams - New Zealand, South Africa, England, Wales, Japan, France, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina and Fiji - have already qualified by virtue of their top-three finishes in their respective pools at last year’s World Cup.

Rugby World Cup: World Rugby announces qualification process for RWC 2023
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Seven of the eight remaining spots will be finalised via regional and cross-regional qualifiers, while a four-team round-robin tournament will determine the final qualifiers.

"The process that has been developed via full consultation with our regional associations and member unions will provide a genuine opportunity for full member unions to qualify for our showcase men’s 15s event," World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont says.

The Americas and the Rugby Europe Championship will deliver two direct qualifiers each, while Oceania and the 2022 Rugby Africa Cup will deliver one apiece. 

A playoff between Oceania and Asia will determine the final direct qualifier.

The third-best team in the Americas, the third-placed finishers in the Rugby Europe Championship and the runners-up in the 2022 Rugby Africa Cup will occupy three of the four spots in the final qualification tournament.

The losers of the Asia-Oceania playoff will take up the final spot in the repechage tournament, scheduled for November 2022.

Reuters.

Rugby World Cup: World Rugby announces qualification process for RWC 2023