World Rugby has announced Stade Delort in Marseille, France as the venue for the Rugby 15s World Cup 2019 repechage tournament.
Four teams will compete in the round-robin format event to be played across three match days on Sunday 11 November, Saturday 17 November and Friday 23 November, 2018.
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The repechage tournament is a new concept for Rugby World Cup qualification and represents the last opportunity for a team to qualify for Japan 2019 with four nations fighting it out to secure the 20th and final place at the Rugby World Cup.
Last weekend Hong Kong confirmed their place in the repechage with a convincing 77-3 aggregate victory over the Cook Islands. They join Canada, who were confirmed in the repechage in February following their defeat to Uruguay in the Americas 2 play-off over two legs.
The third team will be decided when Germany face Samoa in Heidelberg on Saturday (kick-off: 16:00 local time). The winner will qualify automatically for RWC 2019 as the Play-off Winner while the loser will enter the repechage. Samoa head in to the game in a strong position for automatic qualification following their 66-15 victory in the first-leg of the play-off in Apia.
The line-up will be completed on 18 August when the Rugby Africa Gold Cup comes to a conclusion with the champions qualifying directly for Japan 2019, and the runners-up entering the repechage.
Currently Kenya Simbas sits second and were the qualifiers to end today they would be confirmed the repechage with Namibia taking up the automatic slot from the African qualifiers.
The winner of the repechage will slot into Pool B at RWC 2019 alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the Africa 1 qualifier.
The Stade Delort in Marseille is a 5,000 capacity venue which has previously hosted rugby and major sports events in France’s second largest city in the Provence region.
The announcement follows hot on the heels of the French Rugby Federation’s successful hosting of the record-breaking World Rugby U20 Championships across three venues in southern France last month and comes ahead of France’s hosting of Rugby World Cup 2023.
Additional reporting by World Rugby