Mon 7 Sep 2020 | 07:46

World Cup 2023 draw pushed back

World Cup 2023 draw pushed back
Mon 7 Sep 2020 | 07:46
World Cup 2023 draw pushed back
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NEWS: The draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France has been moved to December 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament’s chief executive, Claude Atcher, said on Monday.

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It was originally set for November 30 but has been postponed until after the Rugby Championship, which has been rescheduled due to the Covid-19 outbreak and is set to be completed on December 12, to take into account country seedings from that competition.

“It’s a key step which will allow us to identify the match-ups and the locations of games,” Atcher said.

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“Tickets will still go on sale in March,” he added.

South Africa will defend the Webb Ellis trophy against 19 other sides at the World Cup set for September 8-October 21 2023.

The Springboks, 2023 hosts France and 10 other sides – 2019 runners-up England, Australia, Argentina, Fiji, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, Scotland and Wales – have already secured their places after finishing in the top three of their pool at last year’s World Cup.

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