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2023 World Cup for Rugby Schedule

The 2023 World Cup for Rugby will take place from September 8 to October 28, 2023. The excitement begins with a highly anticipated opening match between host team France and powerhouse New Zealand. Currently, twelve teams have qualified for the 2023 World Cup for Rugby tournament, with the remaining eight still to be determined through a qualifying process. The full schedule can be viewed below to help you plan your ultimate World Cup for Rugby experience.


A2023-Sep-08France v New ZealandStade de France, Saint-Denis
A2023-Sep-09Italy vAfrica 1Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne
B2023-Sep-09Ireland vEurope 2Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
C2023-Sep-09Australia vEurope 1Stade de France, Saint-Denis
D2023-Sep-09England v ArgentinaStade Vélodrome, Marseille
B2023-Sep-10South Africa v ScotlandStade Vélodrome, Marseille
C2023-Sep-10Wales v FijiStade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
D2023-Sep-10Japan vAmericas 2Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
A2023-Sep-14France vAmericas 1Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
A2023-Sep-15 New Zealand vAfrica 1Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
B2023-Sep-16Ireland vAsia/Pacific 1Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
C2023-Sep-16Wales vFinal Qualifier WinnerStade de Nice, Nice
D2023-Sep-16 Oceania 1vAmericas 2Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
B2023-Sep-17South Africa vEurope 2Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
C2023-Sep-17 Australia v FijiStade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne
D2023-Sep-17 England v JapanStade de Nice, Nice
A2023-Sep-20Italy vAmericas 1Stade de Nice, Nice
A2023-Sep-21France vAfrica 1Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
D2023-Sep-22 Argentina vOceania 1Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne
B2023-Sep-23 South Africa v IrelandStade de France, Saint-Denis
C2023-Sep-23Europe 1vFinal Qualifier WinnerStadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
D2023-Sep-23England vAmericas 2Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
B2023-Sep-24Scotland vAsia/Pacific 1Stade de Nice, Nice
C2023-Sep-24Wales v AustraliaParc OL, Lyon
A2023-Sep-27Americas 1vAfrica 1Parc OL, Lyon
D2023-Sep-28Japan vOceania 1Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
A2023-Sep-29New Zealand v ItalyParc OL, Lyon
B2023-Sep-30Scotland vEurope 2Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
C2023-Sep-30Fiji vEurope 1Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
D2023-Sep-30Argentina vAmericas 2Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
B2023-Oct-01South Africa vAsia/Pacific 1Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
C2023-Oct-01Australia vFinal Qualifier WinnerStade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne
A2023-Oct-05New Zealand vAmericas 1Parc OL, Lyon
A2023-Oct-06France v ItalyParc OL, Lyon
B2023-Oct-07Ireland v ScotlandStade de France, Saint-Denis
C2023-Oct-07Wales vEurope 1Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
D2023-Oct-07England vOceania 1Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
B2023-Oct-08Asia/Pacific 1vEurope 2Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
C2023-Oct-08Fiji vFinal Qualifier WinnerStadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
D2023-Oct-08Japan v ArgentinaStade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
QF2023-Oct-14Winner of CvRunner-up of DStade Vélodrome, Marseille
QF2023-Oct-14 Winner of BvRunner-up of AStade de France, Saint-Denis
QF2023-Oct-15Winner of DvRunner-up of CStade Vélodrome, Marseille
QF2023-Oct-15Winner of AvRunner-up of BStade de France, Saint-Denis
 Semi Finals
SF2023-Oct-20Winner of QF1vWinner of QF2Stade de France, Saint-Denis
SF2023-Oct-21Winner of QF3vWinner of QF4Stade de France, Saint-Denis
3RD PLACE2023-Oct-27Runner-up of SF1vRunner-up of SF2Stade de France, Saint-Denis
FINAL2023-Oct-28Winner of SF1vWinner of SF2Stade de France, Saint-Denis


Interesting Facts About the 2023 World Cup for Rugby

  • The 2023 tournament was extended from its usual six weeks long to seven, to allow for optimal rest and recovery for players between matches.
  • A total of 20 teams will take part in the 2023 World Cup for Rugby Tournament.
  • The defending champions are South Africa
  • The matches will be played at nine different stadiums in nine cities throughout France.
  • The 2023 World Cup will be the 10th edition of the event
  • The host country of France has never won a World Cup

Qualification Process for the 2023 World Cup for Rugby

In order to compete in the 2023 World Cup for Rugby, national teams must first qualify for the tournament. A total of twelve teams have already qualified by finishing in the top three in their pool at the 2019 tournament. The remaining eight teams go through a series of qualifying matches in 2021 and 2022. These qualifying spots will be allotted by region as follows:

  • Americas – Two teams
  • Europe – Two teams
  • Africa – One team
  • Oceania – One team
  • Asia/Pacific – One team
  • Final Qualification – The last spot will be determined by a 4-team cross-regional tournament
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