World rugby has expanded to two direct places in Europe for the 2023 World Cup, which will be played in France, after making the qualification process official and that the first two of the European championship will have a direct place.
This decision that both can benefit Spain It is motivated by the fourth position of the Georgian team in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup, which left it out of the automatic classification for the next World Cup, which would have directly affected the options of the rest of European countries by having an extra participant.
According to World Rugby, the new qualification process is designed “to maintain the options of the most powerful teams in the world, while giving the rest of the teams a chance to be in the most important event in international rugby.”
It should be remembered that 12 teams have already secured their presence at the World Cup in France, after ranking in the top 3 in their respective groups in Japan 2019. Namely, South Africa, England, New Zealand, Wales, Japan, France, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Angentina and Fiji.
The remaining 8 places will be distributed, as usual, through a regional classification process, with a last chance in an all against all of four contenders, which will be played in November 2022.
This is the continental classification process
America: two teams classified in September 2022. The third will access the “all against all final”.
Europe: two places through the European championship, which will be known in March 2022. The third will access the “all against all final”.
Africa: a place for the winner of the Rugby Africa Cup 2020. The second will access the “all against all final”.
Oceania: a double-round playoff between Tonga and Samoa will decide the region’s direct qualifier.
Pacific Asia: the winner of the Asian Rugby Men’s Championship will play a round-trip playoff against Oceania 2. The loser will enter the “all against all final”.