2023 Rugby World Cup
|2023 Coupe du monde de rugby|
|Dates||8 September – 21 October|
|No. of nations||20|
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.
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||Paris||80,698|
|Parc Olympique Lyonnais||Lyon||59,186|
|Stade Geoffroy Guichard||Saint-Étienne||41,965|
|Stade de la Beaujoire||Nantes||35,322* or 40,000|
|Stadium de Toulouse||Toulouse||33,150|
The Rugby World Cup may expand from its current 20 teams for the 2023 tournament. 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 below table shows the qualified teams with their World Rankings as of first tournament date (8 September 2023):
|Previous best result||World|
|Americas North||TBD||Americas 1||TBD||TBD||–|
|Europe||France||Hosts||9||Runners-up (1987, 1999, 2011)||–|
- United Kingdom – ITV
- United States – NBC Sports
- Ireland – Virgin Media One, RTÉ, eir Sport
- South Africa – Supersport
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