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The final shifted by a week

Nicolas Kohlhuber 5:37 p.m. – February 22, 2021

The schedule for the 2023 Rugby World Cup has been changed. To guarantee all teams a minimum of five days between each match, the final has been postponed by one week.

During the 2023 World Cup, the health of rugby players will be taken into account as rarely before. This Monday, World Rugby announced the implementation of new measures to guarantee the physical integrity of participants in the World Cup which is scheduled in France. The main novelty concerns the duration of the competition. It has been extended by one week to allow all selections a minimum of five days between each match. The group stage which will start on September 8 will be longer and the final has been postponed by seven days. It is finally on October 28 that the two best teams in the world will face each other at the Stade de France to succeed South Africa. Bernard Laporte, president of the FFR and vice-president of World Rugby welcomed this decision.

“This historic decision makes France 2023 the fairest Rugby World Cup of all time. This additional week will be a major asset for the health of our players, by allowing them to meet the deadlines between matches with a minimum of five days of rest, and ensure the quality of the sports field until the end of the competition. This is not the only novelty that will be implemented at the next World Cup. Still with the aim of preserving the health of the players, efforts will be made in terms of travel but above all, the selections will be expanded. In 2023, each team will be able to count on 33 players against 31 currently.

A measure that will allow a greater turnover during a competition as demanding as a World Cup and limit the effects of fatigue. These initiatives were taken in concert by the Board of Directors of the World Cup, the Executive Committee of World Rugby, the France 2023 Organizing Committee and the Union of International Players. They should benefit everyone: the players whose health will be better protected, the fans who will be able to see high-level matches but also the host country, which will be able to welcome supporters for one more week. The full competition schedule will be unveiled this Friday.