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The 2027 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the 11th edition of the quadrennial tournament. These 12 nations have already qualified. Photo by Dan Sheridan/INPHO/Shutterstock/Backpagepix

When and where will the 2027 Rugby World Cup take place?

The 2027 Rugby World Cup will be the 11th edition of the quadrennial tournament. The Springboks will be aiming for a hat-trick of titles.

SA Rugby CCTV footage

The 2027 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the 11th edition of the quadrennial tournament. These 12 nations have already qualified. Photo by Dan Sheridan/INPHO/Shutterstock/Backpagepix

The 2027 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the 11th edition of the quadrennial tournament.

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It is scheduled to take place in Australia from 10 September to 23 October 2027.

World Rugby has decided to expand the 2027 Rugby World Cup to a 24-team tournament in order to help grow the sport.

Alan Gilpin, its chief executive, has thrown his weight behind the expansion plans and mentioned “very positive signs” due to encouraging performances of Chile and Portugal – in particular – at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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Twenty nations played at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France – which was won by South Africa.

The Springboks will be aiming for a hat-trick of titles Down Under in 2027 – and a fifth of all time.

The top 3 finishers in each of the four pools automatically qualified for the tournament in 2027.

They are (in alphabetical order): Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.

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The remaining 12 spaces will be decided by regional competitions followed by cross-regional playoffs where necessary.

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