RWC 2023 - Qualification Process

February 19 2020

Americas Rugby Championship 2018

ARC Tournament Tipped to Become RWC2023 Qualifier

An article from the Canadian Press and Neil Davidson yesterday indicated the ARC is likely to become the Americas RWC 2023 qualifier, at least according to coach Kingsley Jones. The full article is here, but below are a couple of quotes.
Canada coach Kingsley Jones says World Rugby is looking at using the Americas Rugby Championship as the qualifier for the region. The annual tournament features Canada, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, the U.S. and an Argentine reserve side.

So the two countries with the best aggregate ARC records in 2021 and 2022 would qualify for the 2023 World Cup in France. The team with the third-best record over the two tournaments would go to a last-chance repechage tournament."

What are the ramifications for Canada? Basically to automatically qualify Canada are going to have to finish ahead of USA and Uruguay in the 2021 and 2022 ARC, to make it to the repechage they have to finish ahead of Brazil and Chile. Last year Canada came 5th behind Brazil, losing to Brazil 18-10. Twelve of the starters from that match are currently playing MLR, Pro in Europe or on the Canada 7s team and are likely to be in contention for selection again this ARC.

In 2018 Canada finished 4th ahead of Brazil and defeated Brazil 45-5 at Westhills. In 2017 Canada finished behind Brazil losing 24-23 in Brazil. In 2016 Canada finished 3rd ahead of Uruguay and Brazil, that was the year that Francois Ratier was brought in as temporary head coach with Jamie Cudmore as assistant coach.

This year Canada will host Brazil and play away at Uruguay, so likely 2021 will be the reverse situation. 2020 will be a good test run to see if Canada can automatically qualify by finishing ahead of USA or Uruguay, or enter the repechage by finishing ahead of Brazil. The repechage for 2023 will likely be much more difficult and Canada would prefer to avoid that situation if possible.

2020 ARC Schedule

Americas Rugby Championship 2020 schedule

15 August
Argentina XV v Chile
USA v Canada
Uruguay v Brazil

22 August
Canada v Brazil
Uruguay v Argentina XV
USA v Chile

29 August
Brazil v Argentina XV
Canada v Chile
USA v Uruguay

5 September
Argentina XV v Canada
Brazil v USA
Chile v Uruguay

12 September
Argentina XV v USA
Chile v Brazil
Uruguay v Canada

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