The 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to conclude on Saturday when New Zealand take on South Africa in the final at the Stade de France in Paris. Both teams have won the tournament a joint-record three times, which means the winner will become the most successful team in World Cup history. Following the huge showdown, attentions will eventually turn to the 2027 edition of the tournament. And Express Sport is on hand with all the key details about the 11th Rugby World Cup.
Where will the 2027 Rugby World Cup be played?
The 2027 Rugby World Cup will take place in Australia. The country declared their interest in hosting the tournament back in 2019, as did Argentina and Russia. Argentina withdrew their bid in 2020, with Russia then being banned from running later the same year. USA were also interested in hosting the tournament but were selected to stage the 2031 edition instead.
Australia co-hosted the inaugural edition of the Rugby World Cup alongside New Zealand in 1987, before playing host in their own right in 2003. A total of 12 stadiums in nine Australian cities have been shortlisted to stage matches in 2027.
When does the tournament take place?
The 2027 Rugby World Cup is set to get underway on Friday, October 1 and will run until the final on Saturday, November 13. The tournament has been reduced from seven weeks to six weeks.
How many teams will play at the tournament?
World Rugby have announced that the Rugby World Cup will expand from 20 teams to 24 teams for the next edition of the tournament.
There will be six pools of four teams during the early stages of the tournament. A newly-introduced round of 16 has also been added, with the six pool winners and six pool runners-up being joined by the best four third-place teams.
What have World Rugby said?
World Rugby boss Alan Gilpin thinks the Rugby World Cup in Australia will be a huge success. And after announcing the changes to the tournament’s format he said: “At some point you just have to take that leap.
“Australia is going to be a great host, with great stadium infrastructure and great infrastructure for teams. We are going to make the move to expand, and provide more opportunities for more nations to qualify for, and ultimately play in a World Cup And then [we will] work with those teams to create as much competitiveness as we can. And these things sit together.”