World Rugby has unveiled the match schedule for the Final Qualification Tournament that will determine the 20th and final qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
Played over three match days from 6-18 November at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai, the Final Qualification Tournament for RWC 2023 in France will feature four teams from four different continents. Hong Kong, Kenya, Portugal and USA will face each other in a round-robin format with the team accruing the most competition points securing the last spot at France 2023.
The World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini as of 31 July, 2022 have been used to determine the decisive tournament’s match schedule.
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On the opening day, USA (ranked 19th) will face Kenya Simbas (33rd) while Portugal (20th) play against Hong Kong (22nd). The third and final match day will see the two highest-ranked teams USA and Portugal face each other to conclude the qualification process for next year’s Rugby World Cup.
The eventual winner and final team to join the Rugby World Cup 2023 adventure will take their place in Pool C alongside Wales, Australia, Fiji and Georgia.
Rugby World Cup final qualification Tournament:
*Timings in EAT
Sunday 6 November 2022
USA vs Kenya Simbas- 1700
Portugal vs Hong Kong- 19:30
Saturday 12 November 2022
Portugal vs Kenya Simbas -17:00
USA vs Hong Kong -19:30
Friday 18 November 2022
Hong Kong vs Kenya Simbas 17:00
USA vs Portugal 19;30