Rugby World Cup 2023 – Dates, Venues, Schedule, broadcasters and more

France, the proud host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, is set to ignite the passions of rugby enthusiasts worldwide. As anticipation builds for this prestigious tournament, all eyes are on the French team, with experts even hinting at their potential to claim the coveted championship. Get ready to delve into the details of one of the most eagerly awaited sporting events of 2023.

Following Japan’s turn in 2019, France steps onto the global stage as the host of the esteemed Rugby World Cup. Since its inception in 1987, this international competition has assembled the finest national rugby union teams on a single platform. The Rugby World Cup has risen to become one of the most closely watched and revered sporting spectacles, rivaling the likes of the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup. This grand rugby event serves as an unparalleled showcase for the sport, shining a spotlight on the prowess, strength, and finesse of elite players.

Spanning various cities across France including Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Lille, and Nice, the Rugby World Cup will unfold against diverse backdrops. Each city will set the stage for riveting matches in this extraordinary tournament. France, having hosted the Rugby World Cup twice before in 1999 and 2007, is poised to deliver an even more electrifying tenth edition scheduled from September 8 to October 28, 2023.

The Stade de France: for the Rugby World Cup

At the heart of this exhilarating spectacle stands the iconic Stade de France, situated just a stone’s throw from Paris. This legendary arena has previously hosted momentous sporting events such as the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. In 2023, the Stade de France will witness the eagerly awaited opening clash between France and New Zealand, in addition to hosting the semi-finals and the grand finale.

The stadium, accommodating a roaring audience of 80,000 fervent fans, will exude an electric atmosphere and an unmatched sense of collective enthusiasm. Supporters from around the globe will converge in this arena to rally behind their favored teams and partake in indelible rugby moments.

Beyond the intense on-field action, the Stade de France offers executive boxes, lounges, and the Stade de France Village—an ideal space for companies to connect with their audience, staff, and clients. This presents an opportunity for brands to capitalize on the tournament’s global allure and exposure. Additionally, Place de la Concorde will host a rugby village throughout the competition, catering to at least 10,000 individuals in secure and vibrant surroundings.

Among the diverse array of venues across France, several stadiums are primed to host Rugby World Cup matches. Notable selections include the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille, and the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium in Saint-Étienne.

Top Contentions of the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Over the course of 51 exhilarating days, the 2023 Rugby World Cup will witness the gathering of the world’s top twenty national rugby teams. Among them are perennial powerhouses like Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia. These established giants are steadfast in their determination to uphold their reputation and vie for the prestigious trophy. Yet, emerging teams such as France, Wales, and Scotland, have also demonstrated their mettle and are poised to challenge the sport’s elites.

In addition to these formidable contenders, nations like Tonga, Chile, Namibia, Romania, and Samoa have secured their spots in this illustrious tournament, each contributing their distinctive playing style and unyielding resolve. The encounters between these lesser-heralded teams and the rugby giants promise captivating showdowns, replete with unexpected twists.

As anticipation soars, French rugby enthusiasts can’t help but echo the sentiment that “Les Bleus” are the favorites. Former national team center and 1987 finalist, Denis Charvet, echoes this sentiment. Armed with a storied rugby history including Six Nations titles and remarkable performances in previous World Cups, the French team has lately exhibited remarkable strides under the guidance of their coach, Fabien Galthie, and a cohort of exceptional players.

The likes of Antoine Dupont and Romain N’tamack are poised to dazzle with their dynamic gameplay, strength, and astute strategies. With the unwavering support of their home crowd, the French team’s campaign could very well reach triumphant heights.

When and Where is the 2023 Rugby World Cup?

The 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to take place in France. The tournament will kick off in Paris on September 8th with a high-stakes match between the host nation and New Zealand. The grand finale will be held at the Stade de France on October 28th.

How to Watch Rugby WC 2023?

For viewers in the United Kingdom, all the thrilling action can be caught live on ITV’s channels, as the broadcaster holds the rights to the event. The matches will also be available for streaming through ITVX.

Which Nations Will Be Competing?

The participating nations have been divided into four pools:

  • Pool A: France, New Zealand, 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.

Which Cities Will Host the Matches?

Matches will be held in several cities across France, including Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Lille, Saint-Etienne, and Nantes.

Schedule of the Rugby World Cup 2023:

Pool Stages:

Friday, September 8:

– France vs New Zealand, Pool A (Paris, 8 pm BST)

Saturday, September 9:

– Italy vs Namibia, Pool A (Saint-Etienne, 12 pm)

– Ireland vs Romania, Pool B (Bordeaux, 2.30 pm)

– Australia vs Georgia, Pool C (Paris, 5 pm)

– England vs Argentina, Pool D (Marseille, 8 pm)

Sunday, September 10:

– Japan vs Chile, Pool D (Toulouse, 12 pm)

– South Africa vs Scotland, Pool B (Marseille, 4.45 pm)

– Wales vs Fiji, Pool C (Bordeaux, 8 pm)

Thursday, September 14:

– France vs Uruguay, Pool A (Lille, 8 pm)

Friday, September 15:

– New Zealand vs Namibia, Pool A (Toulouse, 8 pm)

Saturday, September 16:

– Samoa vs Chile, Pool D (Bordeaux, 2 pm)

– Wales vs Portugal, Pool C (Nice, 4.45 pm)

– Ireland vs Tonga, Pool B (Nantes, 8 pm)

Sunday, September 17:

– South Africa vs Romania, Pool B (Bordeaux, 2 pm)

– Australia vs Fiji, Pool C (Saint-Etienne, 4.45 pm)

– England vs Japan, Pool D (Nice, 8 pm)

Wednesday, September 20:

– Italy vs Uruguay, Pool A (Nice, 4.45 pm)

Thursday, September 21:

– France vs Namibia, Pool A (Marseille, 8 pm)

Friday, September 22:

– Argentina vs Samoa, Pool D (Saint-Etienne, 4.45 pm)

Saturday, September 23:

– Georgia vs Portugal, Pool C (Toulouse, 1 pm)

– England vs Chile, Pool D (Lille, 4.45 pm)

– South Africa vs Ireland, Pool B (Paris, 8 pm)

Sunday, September 24:

– Scotland vs Tonga, Pool B (Nice, 4.45 pm)

– Wales vs Australia, Pool C (Lyon, 8 pm)

Wednesday, September 27:

– Uruguay vs Namibia, Pool A (Lyon, 4.45 pm)

Thursday, September 28:

– Japan vs Samoa, Pool D (Toulouse, 8 pm)

Friday, September 29:

– New Zealand vs Italy, Pool A (Lyon, 8 pm)

Saturday, September 30:

– Argentina vs Chile, Pool D (Nantes, 2 pm)

– Fiji vs Georgia, Pool C (Bordeaux, 4.45 pm)

– Scotland vs Romania, Pool B (Lille, 8 pm)

Sunday, October 1:

– Australia vs Portugal, Pool C (Saint-Etienne, 4.45 pm)

– South Africa vs Tonga, Pool B (Marseille, 8 pm)

Thursday, October 5:

– New Zealand vs Uruguay, Pool A (Lyon, 8 pm)

Friday, October 6:

– France vs Italy, Pool A (Lyon, 8 pm)

Saturday, October 7:

– Wales vs Georgia, Pool C (Nantes, 2 pm)

– England vs Samoa, Pool D (Lille, 4.45 pm)

– Ireland vs Scotland, Pool B (Paris, 8 pm)

Sunday, October 8:

– Japan vs Argentina, Pool D (Nantes, 12 pm)

– Tonga vs Romania, Pool B (Lille, 4.45 pm)

– Fiji vs Portugal, Pool C (Toulouse, 8 pm)


  • October 14: Quarter-Final 1 (Winner Pool C vs Runner-Up Pool D) – Marseille, 4pm
  • October 14: Quarter-Final 2 (Winner Pool B vs Runner-Up Pool A) – Paris, 8pm
  • October 15: Quarter-Final 3 (Winner Pool D vs Runner-Up Pool C) – Marseille, 4pm
  • October 15: Quarter-Final 4 (Winner Pool A vs Runner-Up Pool B) – Paris, 8pm


  • October 20: Semi-Final 1, Paris, 8pm
  • October 21: Semi-Final 2, Paris, 8pm

Third Place Playoff:

  • October 27: Paris, 8pm


  • Saturday, 28 October, Paris, 8pm

The 2023 Rugby World Cup promises to be a thrilling series of matches held in various cities across France, with top-tier teams competing for glory on the grand stage of international rugby.

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