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
process will conclude with a four-team round-robin Final
Qualification Tournament in November 2022 to determine the final
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.
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
men’s 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, I’d
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.
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 team’s country with the eventual
winner contesting Asia / Pacific as Oceania 2.
Asia / Pacific: the winner of the Asian
Rugby Men’s 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
Rugby World Cup France 2023 CEO, Claude Atcher,
said, “This qualification process gives emerging unions an
opportunity to take part in our sport’s biggest competition. The
success of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and performances by the
host nation is a testimony of rugby’s 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.”
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.
Rugby World Cup,