World Rugby Handbook
BYE-LAW 6. WORLD RUGBY
(a) World Rugby shall consist of those Unions and Associations who are members of World Rugby pursuant to these Bye-Laws.
(b) The Executive Committee shall initially consider applications for membership of World Rugby made by Unions and Associations. The Executive Committee is entitled to make recommendations to the Council as to whether the Union or Association should be admitted as a member and if so whether on the basis of full or associate membership. For the avoidance of doubt and notwithstanding any recommendation of the Executive Committee, Council has the ultimate authority to admit a Union and/or Association to membership of World Rugby and to determine whether such Union and/or Association shall be a full or associate member. It shall be a condition of obtaining membership of World Rugby that Unions or Associations meet the applicable membership criteria approved by Council from time to time.
(c) Unions or Associations who wish to be considered for membership of World Rugby must demonstrate compliance with the World Rugby Membership Pathway and Membership Criteria established by Council from time to time and set out in detail at www.worldrugby.org. Such criteria may change from time to time as determined by Council and without notice to non-members.
(d) Without limiting the effect of Regulation 18.6.1(d) in relation to the full suspension and/or expulsion of a Union or Association in the event of a breach of the Bye-Laws and/or Regulations, Unions or Associations that do not meet membership criteria and/or other conditions governing their membership of World Rugby may have their membership provisionally suspended by the Executive Committee pending a meeting of the Council. Only the Council shall be entitled to fully suspend and/or expel a Union or Association from membership of World Rugby.