Rugby World Cup: Hong Kong to face Portugal as match schedule confirmed for final qualification tournament in Dubai
- Teams from Hong Kong, Kenya, Portugal and USA will face each other in a round-robin format for the last spot at France 2023
- The eventual winner and final team to join the Rugby World Cup 2023 adventure will take their place in Pool C alongside Wales, Australia, Fiji and Georgia
World Rugby has unveiled the match schedule for the Final Qualification Tournament that will determine the 20th and final qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
Played over three match days from November 6 to 18 at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai, the Final Qualification Tournament for RWC 2023 in France will feature four teams from four different continents.
Hong Kong, Kenya, Portugal and USA will face each other in a round-robin format with the team accruing the most competition points securing the last spot at France 2023.
On the opening day, USA will face Kenya while Portugal play against Hong Kong. The third and final match day will see the two highest-ranked teams USA and Portugal face each other to conclude the qualification process for next year’s Rugby World Cup.
The eventual winner and final team to join the Rugby World Cup 2023 adventure will take their place in Pool C alongside Wales, Australia, Fiji and Georgia.
In July Hong Kong missed out an opportunity to qualify after a 44-22 loss to Tonga at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, north of Brisbane. The win means Tonga will line up in Pool B at Rugby World Cup 2023 against Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and Romania.