— Published 21 September 2021

Rugby Africa 2022 relocated to France

RWC 2023

Surprise. The Rugby Africa Cup 2022, which will determine the African country qualified for the 2023 World Cup in France, will not be played in Africa. It will take place in July 2022 in France. Rugby Africa has launched a call for bids, as it is done for each edition of the tournament. Several African countries responded, as well as France 2023, the organising committee of the next Rugby World Cup. After analysing the applications, the continental body decided to relocate the competition outside the African continent. It will therefore be held in France, in a city to be determined at the end of October. Rugby Africa 2022 will bring together the eight best African teams, with four quarter-finals (Namibia-Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe-Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal-Algeria and Uganda-Kenya), then two semi-finals and a final. The winner will earn a ticket to the 2023 World Cup, where they will be included in Pool A with France, New Zealand, Italy and the best qualified American country (USA or Uruguay). The runner-up will play in an international repechage tournament in November 2022.