Paris – At least five days’ rest and groups of 33 players per player: World Rugby has decided to extend the rest of the period between each World Cup match, thus extending the 2023 final by a week to 28 October.
This decision to extend the rest period between each match is not insignificant: now at least five days, the match is extended by one more week, with selected groups going from 31 to 33 players.
the aim? “Optimize recovery and preparation,” the World Rugby Governing Council has promised.
“All teams will have more rest during the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. This decision was agreed upon by the Rugby World Cup Board of Directors, the World Rugby Executive Committee, the Organizing Committee France-2023, and international rugby players. Principles related to player health lead to a much better match schedule.” Rugby said in a statement.
According to Bernard Laport, President of the French Federation and Vice President of World Rugby, this historic decision will make France 2023 the best Rugby World Cup ever.
The same story with Brian O’Driscoll. For the former Irish International Center (133 selections between 1999 and 2014), the representative of the International Rugby Players’ Union on the Board of Directors of the Rugby World Cup today is “rugby is very physical and requires a short break.”
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“It’s difficult for all teams, especially those who do not have the depth of manpower of major countries,” said Clover’s XV former captain.
In 2019, during the Japanese World Cup, France’s XV did not play for eleven days between the narrow victory over Argentina (23-21) on September 21 and the lesson given to the United States (September 21- 33) on September 21. 2. Four days later against Tonga (23-21).
In the same pool, the English beat Tonga (35-3) on September 22, then the United States (45-7) on September 26 and Argentina (39-10) on October 5. I.e. three matches in fifteen days.
Moreover, according to World Rugby, this new calendar will give the host nation a boost, which will benefit from an extra week to welcome supporters. “This will lead to an increase in tourism, costs and economic benefits,” the board said.
“It is a pleasure to welcome fans from all over the world to France and its host cities, so it will take time for them to discover the beautiful landscapes and monuments of our beautiful country,” Laporte said.
The final schedule for the 2023 World Cup will be announced on February 26. The 2023 World Cup in France begins on September 8. The current South Africans will face Scotland and Ireland.
The 16th-ranked Frenchman will have a big challenge as he places in Pool A alongside the All Blacks.