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Rugby World Cup joint host selection process

Rugby World Cup

Wed 24 November, 2021

World Rugby adopts partnership approach to Rugby World Cup host selection and confirms exclusive Preferred Candidate and Targeted Dialogue unions

The World Rugby Council has approved revisions to the Rugby World Cup host selection process, awarding exclusive Preferred Candidate status to England for Rugby World Cup 2025 and Australia for Rugby World Cup 2027 while confirming USA will enter into exclusive targeted dialogue for Rugby World Cup 2031 within a model that focuses on building meaningful partnerships between World Rugby and potential host countries.

Qualification Path - Asia

REVISED ASIA QUALIFICATION PATHWAY

World Rugby confirmed a revision to the RWC 2021 Asia qualification pathway in October 2021 in light of ongoing travel and quarantine challenges due the global pandemic. As the highest ranked team in the region, Japan will automatically qualify for RWC 2021. Kazakhstan and Hong Kong will compete in a play-off match to determine which team progresses to the Final Qualification Tournament.

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Japan Qualifies for RWC 2021
Pool B

Runner-up

TBC Qualifies for final Qualification Tournament

Qualification Path - Oceania

Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship 2019

Four teams took part in Oceania’s process, Fiji ensuring a first ever Rugby World Cup appearance before Samoa booked their place in the Final Qualification Tournament after a play-off process also involving Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

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Fiji Qualifies for RWC 2021
Pool C

Runner-up

Samoa Qualifies for final Qualification Tournament

Qualification Path - Europe

RWC 2021 Europe Qualifier

Four teams – Italy, Spain, Ireland and Scotland – meet in a round-robin tournament from 13-25 September, 2021 with the winner qualifying as Europe 1. The runner-up enters the Final Qualification Tournament.

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Italy Qualifies for RWC 2021
Pool B

Runner-up

Scotland Qualifies for final Qualification Tournament

Qualification Path - Africa

Rugby Africa Women’s Cup 2019

Four teams contested the inaugural competition with hosts South Africa claiming the title with wins over Madagascar, Uganda and Kenya. As runners-up Kenya would face the South American winner for a place in the Final Qualification Tournament.

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South Africa Qualifies for RWC 2021
Pool C

Runner-up

Kenya Qualifies for final Qualification Tournament Play-off

Qualification Path - South America

Colombia v Brazil

Two South American teams entered the qualification process with hosts Colombia holding on to beat Brazil 23-19 in Medellin.

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Winner

Colombia Qualifies for final Qualification Tournament Play-off

Final Qualification Tournament Play-off

Kenya v Colombia

The sides met in Nairobi on 25 August, 2021 with Colombia edging a tight affair 16-15 to keep their RWC 2021 dreams alive.

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Colombia Qualifies for final Qualification Tournament

Qualification Path - Global

Final Qualification Tournament

The Final Qualification Tournament for Rugby World Cup 2021 will be held at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai on 18 and 24 February, 2022. Teams from Scotland, Samoa, Colombia and the winner of the Hong Kong v Kazakhstan playoff will compete for the last remaining place at New Zealand 2021, now due to take place between 8 October–12 November, 2022.

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Winner

TBC Qualifies for RWC 2021
Pool A