RWC 2023 Asia/Pacific Qualifier
Rugby World Cup 2023 Asia/Pacific Qualifier
A streamlined regional qualification process involving six teams will determine the Oceania 1 (Samoa) and Asia/Pacific 1 qualifiers in Pool D and Pool B, respectively.
Oceania 1 can look forward to fixtures against the Brave Blossoms, who qualified for France 2023 thanks to their historic quarter-final appearance on home soil in 2019, beaten finalists England, Argentina and the Americas 2 qualifier.
The unfortunate cancellation of this year’s Oceania Rugby Men’s Championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic has put an end to the chances of Papua New Guinea, Niue, the Solomon Islands and Tahiti taking the next step on the road to France.
Instead, the Cook Islands – the highest ranked team among those scheduled to play in the competition – will go straight through to the Asia/Pacific Qualifier, where they will play the loser of the Tonga v Samoa Oceania 1 play-off, on 24 July in Pukekohe, New Zealand.
The Winner of the Asia/Pacific Qualifier will then take on the newly-crowned Asia Rugby Championship 2021 champions, with Hong Kong, Korea and Malaysia the sides in contention for that title, for the Asia/Pacific 1 berth in Pool B.
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Tickets for the Asia/Pacific Qualifier and further match details can be found here