The 2019 Rugby World Cup could be the final edition of the tournament that is contested by 20 teams with organisers intent on expansion.
It may be as early as France 2023 that an additional four nations are represented as World Rugby looks to increase the reach of the game.
Hong Kong, Germany, Kenya and the Cook Islands are among the sides who might benefit from any enlargement.
World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper says they are always looking from an expansive point of view rather than reducing so it's just a question of when rather than if.
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