The Organizing Committee of the World Rugby and France 2023 has confirmed that the Rugby World Cup will be held in the Pool Draw Paris 2013 after the November 2020 international window.

Celebrating 200 years after the birth of the game, France will have 20 teams in 2023, 12 of which have been automatically qualified due to the top three rankings in their respective Rugby World Cup 2019 pool: champions South Africa, England, Wales, New Zealand, Japan, France, Australia. , Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, and Fiji.

World Rankings race begins for Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool Draw

As in the previous Rugby World Cup, automatically qualified teams will be raced on the basis of the World Rugby Rankings after the November International Test Window (November 25-22) and will be placed in three bands of four teams.

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For example, on January 29st, there were three bands:

Band 1: South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales
Band 2: Ireland, Australia, France, Japan
Band 3: Scotland, Argentina, Fiji, Italy
See the full World Rugby Rankings 

The remaining eight teams will undergo a global qualification process, which will begin later this year and will be allocated to four and five bands on relative strength.

With France at the center of the Sporting Universe in 2023 and 2024, the preliminary drawing deadline enables France's 2023 Organizing Committee to optimize ticket sales before the Olympic Games tickets go on sale. Tickets for the Rugby World Cup 2023 will be available in early 2021.

Scheduling a draw enables an interesting match schedule with teams and fans to optimize the relaxation timeline, travel and broadcast, maximizing planning, and preparation.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: "Pool draw is an important milestone in the path to France's Rugby World Cup 2023, as it truly carries excitement and momentum throughout the welcoming country and across the Rugby family world wide - at the moment teams and fans can start planning.

"The World Rugby Rankings sets the RWC 2023 pool draw bands, it promises to be an exciting year for men's international rugby, with every match seeding at the end of November's Test series, which is attractive to fans.

"France will provide the perfect setting for what Paris promises to be the pull of the exciting Rugby World Cup 2023, with plans and preparations for the 2023 rally."

The location and date for drawing the pool will be announced shortly.

Rugby announces draw plans for World Cup 2023

For the 20-team tournament, automatically eligible countries will be raced on the basis of their World Rugby Rankings following the test window and three teams of four teams will be created.

The remaining eight teams will go through the global qualification process beginning later this year and will be ranked in the four and five bands on relative strength.

But a lot can change in the years between the draw and the tournament. For example, the host Japan of 2019 was a Band Three team, yet lost to Ireland and Scotland and lost to the champions South Africa in the last eight.

12 automatically qualified teams for France made the top-three finals at their respective World Cups last year, including South Africa, finalists England, Wales, New Zealand, Japan, France, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, and Fiji.

Europe's top teams will have the first chance to boost their rankings when Six Nations gets in the process this weekend.


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World Rugby said that the opening draw would enable France's 2023 organizer committee to adapt ticket sales before the Olympic Games ticket sale.

World Rankings race begins for Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool Draw

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Tickets for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be available from the beginning of 2021. The Olympics will be held in Paris in 2024.

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"By setting the RWC 2023 pool draw bands in the World Rugby Rankings, it promises to be an exciting year for men's international rugby, with every match seeding at the end of November's Test series, which is attractive to fans," said World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont.

The draw will be held at a ceremony venue in Paris and World Rugby said that "will be announced soon"

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