2023 Rugby World Cup
|2023 Coupe du monde de rugby|
|Dates||8 September – 21 October|
The 2023 Rugby World Cup, to be hosted by France, is scheduled to be the tenth 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. The final will take place at the Stade de France.
Main article: 2023 Rugby World Cup Qualifying
20 teams are set to compete. A total of 12 teams will have gained automatic qualification to the tournament after finishing in the top three of their pool at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, while France automatically qualifies as host. The remaining seven or eight spaces will be decided by existing regional competitions (e.g. the Rugby Europe International Championships) 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:
|Previous best result||World|
|Europe||France||Hosts||9||Runners-up (1987, 1999, 2011)||–|
Hosting and venues
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. On 17 March, 12 host cities were selected. This list was later reduced to 9 cities (excluding Paris, Montpellier and Lens):
|Stade de France||Stade Vélodrome||Parc Olympique Lyonnais||Stade Pierre-Mauroy|
|Capacity: 80,698||Capacity: 67,394||Capacity: 59,186||Capacity: 50,157|
|Stade Geoffroy-Guichard||Allianz Riviera||Stade de la Beaujoire||Stadium Municipal|
|Capacity: 41,965||Capacity: 35,624||Capacity: 35,322||Capacity: 33,150|
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