Zimbabwe’s national rugby union team Sables will join seven other African countries in the continental qualifiers for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which will be the host as a knockout tournament in RWC 2023 France in July next year. Rugby Fans can buy Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets from our website.

France will also host the 2023 World Cup, which will be held from September to October.

 Sables will join seven other African countries in the continental qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup 2023
Sables will join seven other African countries in the continental qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup 2023

Eight African teams, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Uganda, and Senegal, will participate in the 2022 African Rugby Cup in France, the final qualifying round of the 2023 World Cup.

A report from Rugby Africa said: “The executive committee has decided that France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 as the host of qualifiers.”

“Health and safety of the players remain at the heart of the first priority and wellbeing. RWC 2023 France (responsible for organizing the Rugby World Cup 2023) is committed to hosting matches of the highest international standards, be it concerns competition locations, hotels, safety measures, health-related to Covid-19. The standard is still the available medical infrastructure.

It added: “France and African Rugby are already working closely together with the long tradition of hosting African Rugby Championships and events. This will provide eight participating teams with extraordinary matches and ideal conditions to focus on one. Which will also be held in France, the goal is to win the final match and qualify directly for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.”

The knockout matches will be held in the first half of July and four exciting quarter-finals will be played at the end of the group stage of the 2021 African Rugby Cup.

Zimbabwe defeated the Burkina Faso Stallions in two games
Zimbabwe defeated the Burkina Faso Stallions in two games

The Sables took part in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and 1991 and met Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals. Namibia, which has been playing side by side with South Africa on behalf of the African continent since 1999, has been playing against Burkina since then 1999 Faso. Senegal meets Algeria and Kenya meets Uganda in the East African Derby.

The winner of the knockout round qualifies directly for the World Cup and will face host nation France, New Zealand’s No. 1 All Blacks, Italy, and America’s No. 1 qualifiers in Pool A. The runner-up will win a place in the final qualifying round of the World Showcase.

Zimbabwe defeated the Burkina Faso Stallions in two games at the Old Georgia Sports Club in Harare to become the top team in Group D of the Rugby Africa Cup.

Sables defeated Burkina Faso 101-3 and 95-5 to secure first place in Pool D. After Tunisia withdrew due to the Covid-19 situation in North Africa, Pool D was reduced to just two teams.

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