If European teams do not beat South Africa or make a mistake in the Asia-Pacific 1 or Europe 2 qualifiers, at the start of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, a place in the quarter-finals will be up for grabs at the Stade de France. In the meantime, Ireland will know that Ireland’s fate at RWC 2023 will still be in their hands, regardless of the result against South Africa, as they are expected to play in Scotland on the final weekend of the group stage. If England tops their group in a severely weakened France, they will likely face Wales or Australia in the quarter-finals, as they did in Japan. The suspense for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will end in a year when France plays New Zealand in a first match with all the ingredients to become a classic.

Namibia will be one of eight African teams to qualify for the final qualifying round for the 2023 Continental World Cup, which will be eligible for the 2023 Continental World Cup. The 2022 Africa Rugby Cup, which kicks off in July, will be played as a knockout stage, with eight teams competing for a place in the final, with the winner qualifying for the World Cup. Following Japan’s last Rugby World Cup, 12 teams have already qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The remaining eight places will be determined through regional and inter-regional qualifying rounds in November 2022. The climax in the Italian-style four-team qualifying round. Given that England, Samoa and USA 2 are also in Group D of the 2023 RWC 2023, it seems fitting that at least one team’s qualification is still valid when they meet in Nantes on the final matchday.

In the same pool with Ireland and Scotland will be a considerable challenge, but you need to beat all the teams to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and Ireland will be adequately tested in the group stage. This match at the Stade de France will be a step into the unknown for the two teams, as Ireland has never faced South Africa in the Rugby World Cup. The most important thing for France will be to come to terms with the pressure exerted by the World Cup at home, which has seen teams lose (England 15) or succeed (South Africa 95, New Zealand 11). The key for France will be to cope with the pressure of playing in front of a waiting home crowd. 

There are a lot of experienced operators in England who know how to win tournaments but who have also experienced defeat in the World Cup, and they have some great young talents like Marcus Smith. France is a real threat in this regard, but with that advantage comes the weight of expectation and the ability to play smart in rugby tournaments.