Your guide to the nine host stadiums at Rugby World Cup 2023
Preparations for hosting Rugby World Cup 2023 are underway in 10 cities across France.
The Draw RWC 2023 has been done, the race program It has been announced that each of the suitable teams, and their fans, now know exactly where they will be during the billiards phase, and possibly beyond.
With that in mind, we thought we’d give you a chance to explore each of the nine stadiums preparing to open their doors to the centennial of rugby.
Bordeaux Stadium, Bordeaux
The home of the city’s Ligue 1 football club, the Stade de Bordeaux opened its doors in May 2015, less than two weeks before hosting the semifinals of the top 14 playoffs of the year.
Rugby returned to the field in June 2019, when 42,071 fans filled the stands to watch Stade Toulousain take Stade Rochelais to the first 14 semifinals, a record that remains a stadium record.
The Stade de Bordeaux hosted five matches during UEFA Euro 2016 and also hosted the French national football team and the Coupe de la Ligue final.
Fiji, Ireland, South Africa and Wales have already been confirmed to play in Bordeaux during RWC 2023, as the futuristic stadium prepares to host five games.
Guest fans, whether they have purchased a Follow My Team package or one Bordeaux package, can expect a relaxing stay in the wine capital of the world.
Away from the vineyards, meanwhile, Bordeaux is a World Heritage Site, offering an amazing combination of food, culture and architecture.
Pierre Mauroy Stadium, Lille
Built as a home for Lille OSC, the Stade Pierre Mauroy opened in August 2012 and three months later hosted its first rugby match as France beat Argentina 39-22.
Lille, meanwhile, was a host city during the 1991 Rugby World Cup, when the nearby Stade du Nord was the site of New Zealand quarter-final victory over Canada.
Thanks to the intelligent design of the stadium, which hosted UEFA Euro 2016 matches, it can be easily configured for other events, as half of the stadium can be raised to pass over the other.
As a result, Stade Pierre Mauroy hosted three Davis Cup finals, the knockout phase of Euro Basket 2015 and several high-profile music concerts.
Five RWC 2023 billiards are scheduled to take place on the court, with hosts France, England and Scotland spending time in the northern city.
Parc OL, Lyon
The house of Olympique Lyonnais opened in January 2016 and since then has hosted a number of international events, including rugby.
Parc OL was only open for four months when the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals were played in the new stadium.
In November 2017, a France XV was defeated 28-23 by New Zealand in front of 58,607 fans. At the end of this season, Parc OL was selected as the venue for the first 14 semifinals.
The city, meanwhile, has a rich pedigree rugby. The Stade de Gerland played away games at RWC 2007, and the city boasts two-time French Lyon OU club champion.
Parc OL hosted matches at both UEFA Euro 2016 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, while the Coupe de la Ligue final and the UEFA Europa League final have also been played on its hybrid turf.
Wales and Australia are scheduled to play in the first RWC 2023 match at the stadium, and with hosts France, Italy and New Zealand also passing through Lyon, fans with tickets to Lyon should be in for a treat.
Stade Velodrome, Marseille
A historic stadium that has been renovated three times since it opened in 1937, the Stade Vélodrome hosted two quarterfinals at RWC 2007.
Home to Marseille’s Ligue 1 team and host during the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, the stadium hosted its first test match on 18 November 2000, when France beat New Zealand 42-33. .
Since then, Les Bleus has played another 11 tests in the iconic space, winning nine and losing twice – against Argentina in 2004 and the All Blacks in 2009.
On 18 April 2009, RC Toulonnais played its Top 14 home game against Stade Toulousain in front of 57,039 fans and has since returned on several occasions.
Located on the shores of the Mediterranean, Marseille is a historic port that will offer fans the opportunity to explore away from rugby.
Beaujoire Stadium, Nantes
The Stade de la Beaujoire hosted one of the most iconic Rugby World Cup matches, as Fiji ran in four attempts to defeated Wales 38-34 and close their place in the quarterfinals.
It was the last of three matches the stadium hosted during RWC 2007, with England beating Samoa and a happier memory for Wales fans, a 42-17 defeat by Canada.
The stadium first hosted a test on 15 November 1986, when France beat New Zealand 16-3, and Les Bleus played six more games on the pitch. The last was a 34-12 defeat by Fiji on November 13, 2010.
Opened in 1984, the Stade de la Beaujoire is home to Ligue 1 FC Nantes and has also hosted matches at UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, including Brazil’s 3-2 quarter-final victory over Denmark.
Four matches are scheduled to be played at the Stade de la Beaujoire with Japan’s match against Argentina on the last day of billiards in the spotlight for the city’s fans.
Nice stadium, Nice
The home of Ligue 1 OGC Nice, the Stade de Nice is another RWC 2023 venue that also hosted matches during UEFA Euro 2016 and the FIFA Women’s 2019 World Cup.
The stadium hosted its only test to date on 17 August 2019, when Maxime Médard made two attempts to help France win 32-3 over Scotland. RC Toulonnais has also played some of the top 14 matches on the pitch.
The Stade de Nice is scheduled to host four matches during RWC 2023, with Wales, England, Japan, Italy and Scotland among the teams that will play in its grooming.
England’s meeting with Japan on September 17, 2023, promises not to miss it as Eddie Jones faces the team that trained at RWC 2015.
Located on the Côte d’Azur, west of Monaco, there will be plenty for fans to start between games, from relaxing on its beaches to enjoying the local art scene and eating a Nick style.
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, France’s national stadium has since become home to the country’s rugby team.
Les Bleus first played at Saint-Denis on February 7, 1998, when Philippe Bernat-Salles and the late Christoph Dominki Both went on to lose to England 24-17.
By the end of Six Nations 2021, the Stade de France will have hosted 97 men’s test matches – including a RWC 1999 quarter-final and the 2007 France final.
South Africa beat England in both games and the Springboks will return to the iconic stadium on 23 September 2023 to play Ireland – the first time they will play in the Rugby World Cup.
In total, the Stade de France will host 10 matches at RWC 2023, including opening match between Les Bleus and All Blacks, both semifinals, the bronze final and the final.
Fans with tickets to any of these races will, of course, find plenty to do away with the action, with the opportunity to visit the world’s top museums, heritage sites and much more in nearby Paris.
Geoffroy Guichard Stadium, Saint-ientienne
The oldest stadium selected for RWC 2023, Stade Geoffroy Guichard opened on September 13, 1931 and has since undergone three renovations, each before being used in a major soccer tournament.
French rugby players first used the pitch on November 24, 2001, when Les Bleus ran in 12 attempts to beat Fiji 77-10.
Six years later, Stade Geoffroy Guichard – named after the businessman who bought the land on which it was built – hosted three RWC 2007 races.
Scotland appeared in two of them, beating Portugal 56-10 and Italy 18-16, despite acknowledging the match’s only effort.
Samoa and the US, meanwhile, have challenged a 46-point thriller and the former could return to action in 2023 if they qualify for the tournament as Oceania 1.
Four RWC 2023 races are scheduled to take place at Stade Geoffroy Guichard, with Australia, Argentina, Fiji and Italy guaranteed to play in the “City of Design”.
Toulouse Stadium, Toulouse
Built to host the 1938 FIFA World Cup, the Stadium de Toulouse has since undergone three renovations and matches when the world football showpiece returned to France 60 years later, again during UEFA Euro 2016.
The historic stadium has long been associated with rugby, having served as host for Stade Toulousain during the Top 14 and European Champions Cup matches.
France played for the first time at the Toulouse Stadium on December 15, 1963, when Les Bleus drew 6-6 against Romania.
Eleven years later, the stadium provided the space for a 13-4 victory in South Africa against France, but Les Bleus has also enjoyed some happy moments in Toulouse.
France twice defeated the All Blacks at the Toulouse Stadium, 18-13 in November 1977, and 22-15 in November 1995, when Jean-Luc Sadourny, Richard Dourthe and Philippe Saint-André tried to help beat a New Zealand team that contains World Rugby Hall of Fame inductor Jonah Lomu.
Les Bleus also won revenge for the Springboks in November 2009, when Vincent Clerc’s first half helped the hosts win 20-13.
Up to that stage, the Stade de Toulouse has hosted four RWC 2007 matches, with hosts Fiji, Japan, Namibia, Portugal, Romania and New Zealand.
Fiji, Japan and all blacks are already guaranteed to return to Toulouse during RWC 2023, while Namibia could join them if they qualify as Africa 1.