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Qualification Process for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France

With 12 teams having secured their place at the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France 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 dates for events in 2021 have yet to be confirmed and will be subject to an anticipated easing of the COVID19 situation.

The process will conclude with a four-team round-robin Final Qualification Tournament in November 2022 to determine the final qualifier.

The Americas will deliver two direct places, while Oceania will deliver a direct qualifier with a further direct place available following a play-off with Asia.

England and New Zealand have both qualified for France 2023. Pictured here the All Blacks 7s against England 7s at the HK7s 2019 by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

The Rugby Europe Championship (two direct places), Rugby Africa Cup (one direct place) and Final Qualification Tournament (one direct place) will provide the other qualifiers.

The following teams have already qualified: Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France (host), Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales

World Rugby Chairman, Bill Beaumont, said, "With the global pandemic having halted most rugby activity, confirmation of the global qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023 provides a beacon of excitement for all, including players and fans. 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 mens 15s event. Maximising existing regional competitions, the process is good for regions and unions in managing costs for organisers and participants alike, which is important as we all recover from the global pandemic. On behalf of World Rugby, Id like to wish all teams involved the best of luck on their journey to France 2023."

Americas: the Americas will qualify two teams by September 2022. The third best team in the region will enter the Final Qualification Tournament Americas 1 & Americas 2.

Europe: the existing Rugby Europe Championship will have two qualifying places, with the two best teams in March 2022 qualifying directly and the third placed entering the Final Qualification Tournament Europe 1 & Europe 2.

Africa: the Rugby Africa Cup 2022 winner will qualify directly and the runner-up team will go to Final Qualification Africa 1.

Oceania: a home and away play-off between Tonga and Samoa in 2021 will determine the direct qualifier for the Oceania region Oceania 1. The loser will then play the Oceania Rugby Cup 2021 winner in the highest ranked teams country with the eventual winner contesting Asia / Pacific as Oceania 2.

Asia / Pacific: the winner of the Asian Rugby Mens Championship 2021 will play Oceania 2 home and away. The winner on aggregate will determine the qualifier and the loser will go to Final Qualification Asia / Pacific.

Final Qualification Tournament: the tournament in November 2022 will feature four teams playing in a round-robin format with the winner qualifying for RWC 2023 Final Qualification winner.

Rugby World Cup France 2023 CEO, Claude Atcher, said, "This qualification process gives emerging unions an opportunity to take part in our sports biggest competition. The success of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and performances by the host nation is a testimony of rugbys expansion globally. As the fight against the COVID19 pandemic is about to be won, I welcome this optimistic prospect of reconnecting with the excitement of our sport. This is the start of our journey towards France 2023, which will be the best tournament ever delivered."

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