Rugby World Cup 2023i

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be the 10th edition of the quadrennial world championship for men's rugby union teams. It is scheduled to take place in France from September 8 to October 28 in nine venues across the country.

  • Jones was fired by England last month after overseeing team’s worst year since 2008
  • The 62-year-old calls being given chance to lead his country at World Cup in France ‘great honour’

Portugal will not travel to next year’s Rugby World Cup in France as ‘pushovers’ despite being the 20th and last team to qualify for the tournament, says coach Patrice Lagisquet.


Head coach Patrice Lagisquet will cut his celebrations short despite dramatic achievement in Dubai, as he heads back to his insurance office on Monday.

City’s 49-7 defeat by USA Eagles in Rugby World Cup final qualifying ‘up there as one of toughest games I’ve ever played, physically,’ admits Hong Kong captain Josh Hrstich.

Last chance to qualify for 2023 Rugby World Cup begins in Dubai on Sunday, and head coach Lewis Evans is ‘looking to fly someone out in next 24 hours’ after injury.

Hong Kong have never qualified for a World Cup, and face tough opposition in Portugal, Kenya and the US, but centre Tom Hill ‘genuinely thinks’ the field is wide open to secure a spot for Paris 2023.

The likes of lock James Cunningham and hooker Alex Post will form the spine the Hong Kong squad for next month’s World Cup repechage tournament in Dubai.

Ian Foster will coach the All Blacks through to next year’s World Cup, New Zealand Rugby said on Wednesday, giving him a vote of confidence despite recent poor performances.

Lewis Evans’ team looked sharp in first half, but Tonga proved too strong, booking their spot in World Cup Pool B alongside South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and Romania.

The 19th team in the 20-team Rugby World Cup in France next year is set to be determined Saturday on what is expected to be a mud-splattered pitch in a 10,000-seat stadium north of Brisbane.

Lewis Evans has made six changes to the starting 15 that won the Asia Rugby Championship against South Korea two weeks ago, and has named six forwards on the bench.

Victory over Kenya sees Johan Deysel’s side qualify for event for seventh time in a row. Losers Kenya now go into repechage tournament alongside Portugal, with two from USA, Chile, Tonga and Hong Kong to join them.

Head coach Lewis Evans hands debuts to Football Club pair Josh Hrstich and John McCormick-Houston, Tigers’ David Tang, and UK-based Jack Combes in 29-man squad for Asia Rugby Championships final on July 9.

Ron Rutland cycled from London to Tokyo, to deliver the 2019 Rugby World Cup whistle, and is doing the same again from the women and men’s tournaments.


Former national men’s 15s assistant and current Hong Kong Scottish head coach Craig Hammond eyes ‘a third straight win’ in the Asia Rugby Championship as he prepares for a ‘pivotal year’ in Hong Kong rugby.