(Rugby Union) World Cup in expansion mode

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Rugby World Cup could be expanded to include 24 teams from the current 20 by the 2023 tournament in France, World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper has said, Reuters reports.

The sport's global showpiece has featured 20 teams since the 1999 tournament in Wales and the same number will compete next year in Japan.

"We're aways looking from an expansive point of view rather than reducing, so it's just a question of when rather than if," Gosper told British media.

"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."