The official release states that the changes are caused by the coronavirus pandemic and are based on the experience of the World Cup 2019 in Japan.
So, what changes there are.
First, the intervals between games are extended. Now each team is guaranteed a five-day recovery break;
Second, team applications will increase from 31 to 33;
Third, team travels will be kept to a minimum;
The start of the tournament is scheduled for September 8, the final October 28.
Bill Beaumont: «This is a momentous day. For me, as the father of rugby player, former player, fan and administrator, the well-being of athletes is paramount».