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Rugby World Cup 2023 draw pushed to December

The draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France has been moved to 14 December due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament’s chief executive, Claude Atcher, said on Monday.

It was originally set for 30 November but has been postponed until after the Rugby Championship, which has been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak and is set to be completed on 12 December, to take into account country seedings from that competition.

Rugby world cup“It’s a key step which will allow us to identify the match-ups and the locations of games,” Atcher said.

“Tickets will still go on sale in March,” he added.

South Africa will defend the Webb Ellis trophy against 19 other sides at the World Cup set for 8 September – 21 October 2023.

South Africa rugbyThe Springboks, 2023 hosts France and ten other sides – 2019 runners-up England, Australia, Argentina, Fiji, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, Scotland and Wales – have already secured their places after finishing in the top three of their pool at last year’s World Cup.

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Former EFA vice-president Ahmed Shobier has issued a remarkable claim that the most coveted title in African football has mysteriously disappeared.

AFCON cupThe Egyptian national team achieved unprecedented success between 2006 and 2010 when they lifted the AFCON title three times, thus affording the opportunity to claim the floating trophy permanently. Learn more……………………………

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