Your guide to exploring France during Rugby World Cup 2023
For nearly a couple of months starting September, France will become the centre of the world for rugby enthusiasts as the country hosts the 10th Men’s Rugby World Cup.
With 20 teams from 20 different countries competing in the tournament for the coveted trophy, France expects to welcome 600,000 visitors from across the globe.
In addition, the rugby matches will also be watched closely by non-rugby fans as a rehearsal for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games, when France becomes the centre stage for sports.
Mark your calendars for September 8 to October 28 as nine stadiums in nine host cities across France witness a total of 48 rugby matches and some serious adrenaline rush.
Because France is so much more than just the capital, Paris, the tournament will offer one of the best moments to zoom in on the other cities that will play host to the sporting event.
The tournament begins on a fine Friday with France taking on New Zealand. The final will be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis in Paris.
Which French Cities Are Set To Host The Rugby World Cup?
Stade de Bordeaux – Bordeaux
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard – Saint-Étienne
Stade de Nice – Nice
Stade de la Beaujoire – Nantes
Stade de Toulouse – Toulouse
Stade de France – Saint-Denis, Paris
Stade de Marseille – Marseille
OL Stadium – Lyon
Stade Pierre-Mauroy – Lille
Exploring Lyon And Saint-Denis During The Tournament
Lyon is poised to become one of the most popular destinations throughout the tournament. The inaugural match there will be Wales vs Australia on September 24 at 9 pm (local time).
The remaining four include Uruguay vs Namibia on September 27, New Zealand vs Italy on September 29, New Zealand vs Uruguay on October 5 and France vs Italy on October 6.
Another location expected to grow even more popular among international visitors would be the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. It’s home to the largest stadium in France.
One of the most anticipated clashes this tournament, the opening day match will see the home team squaring off against New Zealand in front of 80,000 fans.
The location is set to host nine other matches, including two quarterfinals, two semifinals and the final, from September 9 onwards until October 28.