One team from each of the IRL's four regions will contest for the two positions. The Cook Islands is the only eligible side from the Asia-Pacific region and are therefore automatically catapulted into contention.
The Americas, European and Middle East-Africa (MEA) regions will all run their own qualifying tournaments.
The team will likely include South Sydney Rabbitohs' Davvy Moale, Cronulla Shark Kayal Iro, Parramatta Eels' Makahesi Makatoa and former NRL players Brad Takairangi, Esan and Steven Marsters, Zane Tetevano and Pride Petterson-Robati.
The Cook Islands' 2021 World Cup squad also boasted Tepai Moeroa, Dylan Napa and Brendan Piakura. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Jordan Rapana, Francis Molo, Alex Glenn and Marata Niukore have previously represented the Kukis.
IRL Chair Troy Grant explained that the restructure will provide greater clarity on a pathway for qualification for nations to realise their ambitions.
"The qualification path is also becoming clearer for RLWC2026, and the development of the Regional Championships and World Series will be broadened, and better understood, after consultation with all of our member nations in the confederations," said Grant.
Around half of the current crop of NRL players are of Pasifika heritage, and the Australian Government has committed $7 million to the upcoming Pacific Championships.