France Rugby World Cup 2023: Match schedule, how to watch, latest news and odds

All the information you need ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023 as South Africa looks to defend the title; they won in 2019. The France Rugby World Cup 2023 in France begins in September of this year as nations from across the globe compete for the sport’s ultimate prize.

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France Rugby World Cup 2023: Match schedule, how to watch, latest news and odds
France Rugby World Cup 2023: Match schedule, how to watch, latest news and odds

South Africa was the winner of the last tournament in Japan in 2019 when they beat the England Rugby team in the final and will be among the favourites again later this year. However, a strong European challenge is expected, not least from the hosts France who are looking for back-to-back Grand Slams in this year’s Six Nations, and Ireland, who have never put their best foot forward at a Rugby World Cup.

Where is it?

The France Rugby World Cup 2023 will be played in France across nine stadiums in nine cities. The Rugby World Cup final will be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (Paris) on Saturday, October 28.

  • Stade de France (capacity – 80,698) – Saint-Denis (Paris)
  • Stade Velodrome (67,394) – Marseille
  • Parc Olympique Lyonnais (59,186) – Lyon
  • Stade Pierre-Mauroy (50,186) – Lille
  • Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux (42,115) – Bordeaux
  • Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (41,965) – Saint-Étienne
  • Allianz Riviera (35,624) – Nice
  • Stade de la Beaujoire (35,322) – Nantes
  • Stadium Municipal (33,150) – Toulouse

When is it?

The tournament begins on Friday, September 8 with France taking on New Zealand Rugby side in the tournament’s first match. The final will be played on Saturday, October 28.

How do I watch it?

ITV has won the exclusive broadcast rights to show the Rugby World Cup in the UK. We will update you with the exact channels for each match at the tournament once they are exposed by the broadcaster.

Who is playing in France’s Rugby World Cup?

A total of 20 sides have qualified for the France Rugby World Cup. These have been driven into four pools of five, with each pool getting one side from five bands.

Band one featured the four highest-ranked teams from when the draw for the tournament was made South Africa Rugby World Cup Team, New Zealand Rugby World Cup Team, England Rugby World Cup Team, and Wales Rugby World Cup Team. Band two comprised the next four highest-ranked teams Ireland, Australia, France Rugby World Cup, Japan Rugby World Cup and band three the four after that Scotland Rugby World Cup Team, Argentina Rugby World Cup Team, Fiji Rugby World Cup Team, Italy Rugby World Cup Team).

Each side in the first three bands qualified automatically for the tournament owing to their world ranking, while the further two bands comprised the sides who had made it into the tournament via qualifying (Samoa, Georgia, Uruguay, Tonga, Namibia, Romania, Chile, Portugal).

France Rugby World Cup 2023: Match schedule, how to watch, latest news and odds
France Rugby World Cup 2023: Match schedule, how to watch, latest news and odds

Who is in what pool?

Pool A

New Zealand Rugby World Cup Team
France Rugby World Cup Team
Italy Rugby World Cup Team
Uruguay Rugby World Cup Team
Namibia Rugby World Cup Team

Pool B

South Africa Rugby World Cup Team
Ireland Rugby World Cup Team
Scotland Rugby World Cup Team
Tonga Rugby World Cup Team
Romania Rugby World Cup Team

Pool C

Wales Rugby World Cup Team
Australia Rugby World Cup Team
Fiji Rugby World Cup Team
Georgia Rugby World Cup Team
Portugal Rugby World Cup Team

Pool D

England Rugby World Cup Team
Japan Rugby World Cup Team
Argentina Rugby World Cup Team
Samoa Rugby World Cup Team
Chile Rugby World Cup Team

What is the latest France Rugby World Cup 2023 news?

Recent news relating to the Rugby World Cup has been far from positive, with the one-time head of the Organising Committee, Clause Atcher, alleging a vast smear campaign had led to his removal from the position. Worldwide Tickets and Hospitality offers Rugby World Cup tickets for the France Rugby World Cup 2023 at the best prices. Rugby fans can buy Rugby World Cup Final Tickets at exclusively discounted prices.

His dismissal came amid investigations into allegations that he presided over a climate of terror, with the offices of the Organising committee raided after French prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation into charges of favouritism, influence peddling, corruption, and any other related offence.

Soon after Atcher’s dismissal, World Rugby’s vice-chairman and president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), Bernard Laporte, was found guilty of bribery and corruption, thrusting yet another cloud over the tournament.

France Rugby World Cup 2023: Match schedule, how to watch, latest news and odds
France Rugby World Cup 2023: Match schedule, how to watch, latest news and odds

France Rugby World Cup 2023 full fixtures and schedule

POOL MATCHES for RWC 2023

  • Friday, Sept 8 – France v New Zealand, Stade de France, 8 pm GMT
  • Saturday, Sept 9 – Italy v Namibia, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 12.00 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 9 – Ireland v Romania, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, 2.30pm
  • Saturday, Sept 9 – Australia v Georgia, Stade de France, 5 pm 
  • Saturday, Sept 9 – England v Argentina, Stade Velodrome, 8 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 10 – Japan v Chile, Stadium Municipal, 12 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 10 – South Africa v Scotland, Stade Velodrome, 4.45 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 10 – Wales v Fiji, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, 8pm
  • Thursday, Sept 14 – France v Uruguay, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 8 pm
  • Friday, Sept 15 – New Zealand v Namibia, Stadium Municipal, 8 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 16 – Samoa v Chile, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, 2pm
  • Saturday, Sept 16 – Wales v Portugal, Allianz Riviera, 4.45 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 16 – Ireland v Tonga, Stade de la Beaujoire, 8 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 17 – South Africa v Romania, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, 2pm
  • Sunday, Sept 17 – Australia v Fiji, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 4.45pm
  • Sunday, Sept 17 – England v Japan, Allianz Riviera, 8 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept 20 – Italy v Uruguay, Allianz Riviera, 4.45 pm
  • Thursday, Sept 21 – France v Namibia, Stade Velodrome, 8 pm
  • Friday, Sept 22 – Argentina v Samoa, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 4.45pm
  • Saturday, Sept 23 – Georgia v Portugal, Stadium Municipal, 1 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 23 – England v Chile, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 23 – South Africa v Ireland, Stade de France, 8 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 24 – Scotland v Tonga, Allianz Riviera, 4.45 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 24 – Wales v Australia, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, 8pm
  • Wednesday, Sept 27 – Uruguay v Namibia, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, 4.45 pm
  • Thursday, Sept 28 – Japan v Samoa, Stadium Municipal, 8 pm
  • Friday, Sept 29 – New Zealand v Italy, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, 8 pm 
  • Saturday, Sept 30 – Argentina v Chile, Stade de la Beaujoire, 2pm
  • Saturday, Sept 30 – Fiji v Georgia, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, 4.45pm
  • Saturday, Sept 30 – Scotland v Romania, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 8 pm
  • Sunday, Oct 1 – Australia v Portugal, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 4.45pm
  • Sunday, Oct 1 – South Africa v Tonga, Stade Velodrome, 8 pm
  • Thursday, Oct 5 – New Zealand v Uruguay, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, 8 pm
  • Friday, Oct 6 – France v Italy, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, 8pm
  • Saturday, Oct 7 – Wales v Georgia, Stade de la Beaujoire, 2 pm
  • Saturday, Oct 7 – England v Samoa, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45 pm
  • Saturday, Oct 7 – Ireland v Scotland, Stade de France, 8 pm
  • Sunday, Oct 8 – Japan v Argentina, Stade de la Beaujoire, 12pm
  • Sunday, Oct 8 – Tonga v Romania, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45 pm
  • Sunday, Oct 8 – Fiji v Portugal, Stadium Municipal, 8 pm

Quarter-finals of RWC

  • Saturday, Oct 14 – Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D, Stade Velodrome, 4 pm
  • Saturday, Oct 14 – Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A, Stade de France, 8 pm
  • Sunday, Oct 15 – Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C, Stade Velodrome, 4 pm
  • Sunday, Oct 15 – Winner Pool 4 v Runner-up Pool B, Stade de France, 8 pm

Semi-finals

  • Friday, Oct 20 – Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2, Stade de France, 8 pm
  • Saturday, Oct 21 – Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4, Stade de France, 8 pm

Bronze final

  • Friday, Oct 27 – Runner-up SF 1 v Runner-up SF 2, Stade de France, 8 pm

Final

  • Saturday, Oct 28 – Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2, Stade de France, 8 pm
France Rugby World Cup 2023: Match schedule, how to watch, latest news and odds
France Rugby World Cup 2023: Match schedule, how to watch, latest news and odds

Latest odds

France – 5/2
New Zealand – 11/4
South Africa – 5/1
Ireland – 5/1
England – 11/2
Wales – 25/1
Argentina – 25/1
Scotland – 25/1

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