24-Team RWC "A Matter Of When Not If"

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11 September 2018

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper has told the media that the Rugby World Cup may expand to 24 teams as early as France 2023.

"We're always looking from an expansive point of view rather than reducing so it's just a question of when rather than if," World Rugby boss Gosper said.

"We want to make sure the teams are competitive enough to move to a 24-team tournament. We have assumed 20 for 2023 but we could change that between now and 2023.

"The tendency for us is to try and look to expand. It's about growing the global game – getting interest from fans and commercial interest in new markets.

"But you've got to make sure you've got the teams. We're definitely in an expansive mindset, is how I'd put it."

 

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