2023 Rugby World Cup, Schedule, Pools, Tickets, Venues

2023 Rugby World Cup

The 2023 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be held in France. This greatest event in the world of Rugby is going to be held from 8 September to 28 October 2023. It will be the tenth men’s Rugby World Cup.

Rugby has millions of fans throughout the world. People from all walks of life follow Rugby and their stars and they love to see them in action. This mega event comes once every four years.

The opening match and final match will take place at the Saint-Denis (Stade de France), north of Paris, this tournament is scheduled to last the seven weeks including the additional rest day requirement for player welfare.

This means that every team will get a minimum of five rest days for all matches, for recovery and preparation for the rest of the matches. 

France has already hosted the Rugby World Cup twice, in 2007 and 1991 as joint hosts with Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. All the matches will be played in 9 stadiums across France.

Twenty teams are all set to compete in this mega event. France already automatically qualified as host along with 11 other teams has already gained automatic qualification for the tournament after finishing in the top three of their pool at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The remaining eight spaces have been decided on regional competitions. The final selection will be decided by a repechage tournament in November 2022. 

Rugby World Cup 2023 Pools

Final Pool Positions

Pool A

  • New Zealand 🇬🇸
  • France 🇨🇵
  • Italy 🇮🇪
  • Uruguay 🇺🇾
  • Namibia 🇳🇦

Pool B

  • South Africa 🇿🇦
  • Ireland 🇮🇪
  • Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿   
  • Tonga 🇹🇴
  • Romania 🇧🇪 

Pool C

  • Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿    
  • Australia 🇦🇺
  •  Fiji 🇫🇯 
  •  Georgia  🇬🇪
  •  Portugal 🇵🇹

Pool D

  • England 🇬🇧  
  • Japan 🇯🇵  
  •  Argentina 🇦🇷
  •  Samoa 🇹🇼
  •  Chile 🇨🇱

2023 Rugby World Cup Schedule

Pool A

8 Sep. 2023       France Vs New Zealand Stade de France,
9 Sep 2023    Italy Vs    Namibia   Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne
14 Sep 2023      France Vs Uruguay  Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
15 Sep 2023 New Zealand Vs Namibia   Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
20 Sep 2023   Italy  Vs    Uruguay  Allianz Riviera, Nice
21 Sep2023      France Vs Namibia  Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
27 Sep 2023    Parc Uruguay Vs Namibia   Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
29 Sep 2023    Parc New Zealand Vs   Italy Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
5 Oct 2023 New Zealand Vs Uruguay   Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
6 Oct 2023 France Vs Italy   Parc Olympique Lyonnais,

Pool B

9 Sep 2023        Ireland    
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
10 Sep 2023        South Africa     Vs   ScotlandStade Vélodrome, Marseille
16 Sep 2023      Ireland    
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
17 Sep 2023      South Africa     Vs   Romania  Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
23 Sep 2023      South Africa     Vs 
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
24 Sep 2023      Scotland     Vs   
Allianz Riviera, Nice
30 Sep 2023    Scotland     Vs   Romania   Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
1 Oct 2023    South Africa     Vs    Tonga   Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
7 Oct 2023      Ireland    
Vs    Scotland  
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
8 Oct 2023      Tonga    
Vs    Romania  
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille

Pool C

9 Sep 2023    Australia     Vs  
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
10 Sept 2023        Wales     Vs    FijiNouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
16 Sep 2023    Wales     Vs    Portugal   Allianz Riviera, Nice
17 Sep 2023      Australia     Vs   Fiji  Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne
23 Sep 2023      Georgia     Vs   Portugal  Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
24 Sep 2023        Wales     Vs    AustraliaParc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
30 Sep 2023      Fiji    
Vs   Georgia  
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux
1 Oct 2023    Australia     Vs   Portugal   Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne
7 Oct 2023      Wales     Vs    Georgia  Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
8 Oct 2023      Fiji    
Vs    Portugal  
Stadium de Toulouse

Pool D

9 Sep 2023    England     Vs   Argentina   Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
10 Sep 2023      Japan    
Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
16 Sep 2023    Samoa    Vs   
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
17 Sep 2023       England    
Allianz Riviera, Nice
22 Sep 2023       Argentina     Vs  
Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne
23 Sep 2023       England     Vs  
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
28 Sep 2023      Japan    
Stadium de Toulouse
30 Sep 2023    Argentina     Vs   
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
7 Oct 2023       England     Vs   
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
8 Oct 2023      Japan     Vs   Argentina  Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes

2023 Rugby World Cup Broadcasting

Broadcasting Rights

🇲🇫 France – TF
🇾🇪 Netherlands – Ziggo Sport
🇿🇦 South Africa – SuperSport
🇬🇧 United Kingdom – ITV
🇺🇲 United States – NBC Sports
🇭🇲 Australia – Stan Sport (all matches) and Nine Network (all Australia matches and the final)
🇮🇪 Italy – RAI and Sky Sport It
🇬🇸 New Zealand- Sky Sport

Rugby World Cup 2023 Sponsers

  • GL Events
  • Loxam
  • GMF
  • Orange
  • Proman
  • SNCF Holidays
  • Total energies
  • Vivendi

2023 Rugby World Cup Tickets

First lot of available tickets for the general public sale have been sold. A secured platform for the resale of tickets will be set up soon. We will communicate on this platform soon.

2023 Rugby World Cup Venues

There will be 9 of the awesome Rugby stadiums in France that will host matches at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

  1. Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
2023 Rugby World Cup

Stade de Bordeaux, also known as Matmut Atlantique, has a 42,000 seat stadium that will host five pool-stage matches.

The stadium was built in 2015, and host big matches like semi-finals of the 2014–15 Top 14 season, several matches at UEFA Euro 2016. It will be one of six venues that will host football at the 2024 Summer Olympics.

2. Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille

2023 Rugby World Cup

Stade Pierre-Mauroy is originally known as the Grand Stade Lille Métropole, which is the home of French football team LOSC Lille. This stadium was renamed in 2013, following the death of former Prime Minister of France Pierre Mauroy.

With a capacity of 50,000+ people, it is one of the largest stadiums in France which has built in 2012. Half of the field of this stadium is situated on hydraulics and can be moved so that it sits above the other half. 

On top of this stadium there is also a retractable roof and has solar panels and two windmills, which provides electricity supply. This stadium has hosted several international tournaments like Euro Basket 2015 and several games at UEFA Euro 2016.

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3. OL Stadium, Lyon

2023 Rugby World Cup

Opened in January 2016, OL Stadium is also known as Parc Olympique Lyonnais and Groupama Stadium, which is a home of French football club. It has 60,000 capacity located in the Lyon Metropolis. 

OL Stadium is very young, only six years old, but has already hosted several major events, like UEFA Euro 2016, the 2018 UEFA Europa League final and the final of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and final of both the European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup in 2016.

For the 2023 Rugby World Cup, OL Stadium will host very important five pool-stage games including Wales vs Australia, France vs Italy. New Zealand will play two games at this ground.

4. Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

2023 Rugby World Cup

Stade Vélodrome is one of the oldest stadiums in France which is also known as the Orange Vélodrome. It’s a multi-purpose ground that is home to Olympique de Marseille. This stadium was venue for the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and 2007 Rugby World Cup.

It is one of the largest stadiums in France, which has a capacity of 70,000 and regarded as one of the finest stadiums in the world. It was first opened in 1937. This stadium will host four pool-stage games and two quarter-finals.

5. Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes

2023 Rugby World Cup

Stade de la Beaujoire is the home of FC Nantes football club has a capacity of around 38000. The stadium has been used to host several high profile matches including games at UEFA Euro 1984, the 1998 FIFA World Cup (a quarter-final featuring Brazil) and three pool-stage matches at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

In 2023 Rugby World Cup, this stadium will host four pool-stage matches, including games featuring Ireland, Argentina, Japan and Wales.

6. Stade de Nice, Nice

2023 Rugby World Cup

Stade de Nice is also known as Allianz Riviera. It is the home of OGC Nice. This stadium is also occasionally used by Toulon for home matches.

This stadium has capacity of 35,000 has opened its doors in 2013. Stade de Nice has host several matches at UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It has also been host concerts by Celine Dion, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

First time Stade de Nice is going to host Rugby matches in 2023. It will host four pool-stage games, that involves several world’s greatest sides, including Wales and England.

7. Stade de France, Saint-Denis

2023 Rugby World Cup

The Stade de France is the national stadium of France which is located just north of Paris in the commune of Saint-Denis. It has a capacity of more than 80,000. It is the seventh-largest stadium in Europe.

This stadium was originally built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup final. Since then, it has hosted a number of international events, including three UEFA Champions League finals and two Rugby World Cup finals. This is the second stadium in the world that has hosted both a Football World Cup final and a Rugby World Cup final along with Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.

The Stade de France will host more number of matches than any other venue. It is going to host opening match between France and New Zealand, two quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and the final.

8. Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne

2023 Rugby World Cup

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was originally built in 1930 and has a capacity of 42000 seats, the stadium has undergon several renovations over the years. It has been used to host high profile rugby matches, including matches of 2007 Rugby World Cup.

It has also been used to host some of the international biggest football matches, including UEFA Euro 1984 and 2016, as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.

During the Rugby World Cup this stadium will be used to host four pool-stage matches, including clashes involving Australia, Argentina and Italy.

9. Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse

2023 Rugby World Cup

Stadium de Toulouse is one of the oldest stadiums in France which has a capacity of 33000+ seats. It was originally constructed for the 1938 FIFA World Cup. This stadium is the home of Toulouse FC 

Since it is old, so Stadium de Toulouse has undergone three major renovations. It has hosted several major sporting and cultural events, including the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 2007 Rugby World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016, along with major concerts 

During Rugby World Cup 2023, this stadium will host five pool-stage games, including matches involving New Zealand, Japan and Fiji.

Official Travel Agents For Rugby World Cup 2023

There are 25 Official Travel Agents from 19 countries who have been appointed. They will also assist in the sale of official travel packages

More than 200,000 tickets have already been ordered by the Official Travel Agents.

There will be around 650,000+ visitors from abroad are expected to visit to France for Rugby World Cup 2023

  • Tower Travel Sports- Argentina
  • Gullivers Sport Travel- Australia
  • Keith Prowse Travel- Australia
  • Sportsnet®Holidays- Australia
  • Wallabies Travel- Australia
  • BH Hospitality- China, Honk Kong
  • Couleur Rugby- France
  • P1 Travel- Netherland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria
  • BookMyShow- India
  • Killester Travel- Ireland
  • Nippon Travel Agency- Japan
  • STH Japan- Japan
  • Tobu Top Tours- Japan
  • All Blacks Tours- New Zealand
  • Delfos – Paraguay
  • Edusport Travel and Tours- South Africa
  • SA Rugby Travel- South Africa
  • Sportsnation- South Africa
  • VB Sports by Grupo Viajabien- Spain
  • England Rugby Travel- England
  • Gullivers Sports Travel UK- England
  • MSG Tours- England
  • Sportsbreaks.com- England
  • USA Eagles Tours- USA

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