Regarding rest and the time dedicated to it in the world Cup, World Rugby announced a series of measures that modify some important aspects.
France 2023 will be the first World Cup to have squads made up of 33 players and not 31 as it was until Japan 2019. Another interesting provision applied for the next World Cup will be that the group stage will last one more week so that the teams have five days rest between game and game.
The World Cup in France will officially begin on September 8 and will end on October 28, 2023. Next Friday, February 26, the official match schedule will be announced.
The measurements taken by World Rugby are:
– All teams will have a minimum of five days off for all matches, optimizing recovery and preparation for the tournament.
– The group stage will be stretched one week to accommodate the extra day of rest; Now it will start on September 8 and the final will be on October 28.
– Squads will grow by two players, from 31 to 33, to help with player management.
– Travel time and volume for teams in the tournament will be minimized. World Rugby is committed to a comprehensive level of player wellness and safety and medical standards, focusing on reducing the overall player burden.
For the first time in the modern era of Rugby World Cup, no team will have a rest period of less than five days, optimizing recovery and preparation, while World Rugby also aims to have the most balanced match schedule to date in terms of total rest periods, particularly for emerging nations. The full match schedule will be announced at the end of the month.