Draw for the 2023 World Cup is the moment fans and teams have been waiting for.
Each participating nation will discover their future opposition when the balls are drawn on 14 December 2:PM EAT at the iconic Palais Brongniart.
Due to local COVID-19 restrictions, all team representatives (with the exception of France) will be participating in the much-anticipated event remotely. A live video stream will be made available on World Rugby digital channels to share this exciting moment on the road to Rugby World Cup 2023.
The teams in each band will be randomly drawn to determine the pools they go into, the first drawn being placed in Pool A, the second in Pool B, the third in Pool C and the fourth in Pool D. The first band to be drawn will be five, with the top four seeds the last to be drawn.
Revised RWC 2023 pathway for the Americas
Given the impact of COVID-19, and the likelihood of playing a full Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) across two years in 2021 and 2022, the Rugby World Cup Board, in partnership with Rugby Americas North, Sudamérica Rugby and the respective unions, has approved a revision to the Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification pathway in the region.
Qualification for the Americas will now comprise two play-off matches. First, the two 2021 champions from Rugby Americas North and Sudamérica Rugby will play home and away to determine Americas 1, the top spot in the region. The losing side will enter the Americas 2 play-off.
In parallel, the two 2021 runners-up in North and South America will play home and away to qualify for the Americas 2 play-off. The winner, based on aggregate score of both matches, will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2023 as Americas 2 and the losing side will enter the Final Qualification Tournament.