|Coupe du monde de rugby à XV 2023|
|Dates||8 September - 21 October|
The 2023 Rugby World Cup, to be hosted by France, is scheduled to be the tenth men's Rugby World Cup, taking place in the year of the 200th anniversary of the 'invention' of the sport by William Webb Ellis from 8 September to 21 October. The final will take place at the Stade de France. It will be the second time France has hosted the Rugby World Cup, having previously hosted the 2007 event. It precedes the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris and will take place less than a year before the Olympic opening ceremony.
The defending champions are South Africa.
20 teams are set to compete. A total of 12 teams gained automatic qualification to the tournament after finishing in the top three of their pool at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, while France automatically qualify as host. The remaining eight spaces will be decided by regional competitions followed by a few cross-regional play-offs. The final spot will be decided by a repechage tournament in November 2022.
The below table shows the qualified teams as of 2 November 2019:
|Previous best result||World|
|Africa||South Africa||Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||7||Champions (1995, 2007, 2019)||1|
|Asia||Japan||Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||9||Quarter-finals (2019)||9|
|Europe||England||Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||9||Champions (2003)||3|
|France||Hosts||9||Runners-up (1987, 1999, 2011)||6|
|Ireland||Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||9||Quarter-finals (seven times)||4|
|Italy||Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||9||Pool stage||12|
|Scotland||Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||9||Fourth place (1991)||8|
|Wales||Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||9||Third place (1987)||7|
|Oceania||Australia||Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||9||Champions (1991, 1999)||5|
|Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||8||Quarter-finals (1987, 2007)||11|
|Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||9||Champions (1987, 2011, 2015)||2|
|South America||Argentina||Top 3 in 2019 RWC pool||9||Third place (2007)||10|
The pool draw is due to take place on 14 December 2020, in Paris. The draw returned to its traditional place of the year following the previous World Cup, after the end-of-year internationals.
The seeding system from previous Rugby World Cups will be retained with the 12 automatic qualifiers from 2019 being allocated to their respective bands based on their World Rugby Rankings on 1 January 2020:
The remaining two bands were made up of the eight qualifying teams, with allocation to each band being based on the previous Rugby World Cup playing strength:
This meant the 20 teams, qualified and qualifiers, were seeded thus (world ranking as of 1 January 2020):
|Band 1||Band 2||Band 3||Band 4||Band 5|
The French Rugby Federation bid was chosen by World Rugby on 15 November 2017, ahead of bids by the South African Rugby Union and the Irish Rugby Football Union. France had launched its bid on 9 February 2017. On 17 March, twelve host cities were selected. This list was later reduced to nine cities (excluding Paris, Montpellier and Lens):
|Stade de Franceab||Stade Vélodromea||Parc Olympique Lyonnais||Stade Pierre-Mauroy|
|Capacity: 80,698||Capacity: 67,394||Capacity: 59,186||Capacity: 50,157|
|Stade Geoffroy-Guicharda||Allianz Riviera||Stade de la Beaujoirea||Stadium Municipalab|
|Capacity: 41,965||Capacity: 35,624||Capacity: 35,322||Capacity: 33,150|