2023 Rugby World Cup France

Excited rugby fans with painted faces, cheering in anticipation for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
Excited rugby fans with painted faces, cheering in anticipation for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. credit: canon.fr

The Backstory

Oh, how can we forget the magical day on March 19, 2022? The day when the XV de France showcased their rugby prowess, claiming their 26th Six Nations title and a stunning 10th Grand Slam. The dream of the Webb Ellis Cup, which tantalizingly eluded them thrice, is now more vivid than ever. Why? Because 2023 is not just another year. It’s the year when the rugby legends return to the home ground!

The Pinnacle of Rugby: The World Cup

Every four years since 1987, the world witnesses a sporting spectacle: The Rugby World Cup. A grand stage where international rugby glory is not just dreamt of but fought for. The 2023 edition is unique – it marks the 10th of its kind. Can you imagine? Over 80,000 spectators, millions watching worldwide, 600 players across 20 teams from the 5 grand continents, all chasing the coveted William Webb Ellis trophy.

Who’s Joining the French Soiree?

Here’s where it gets interesting. The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan saw tremendous performances, and 12 teams clinched their spots for the 2023 showdown in France. A quick roll call – South Africa, England, Wales, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Japan, France (of course!), Scotland, Italy, Argentina, and Fiji. Joining the ensemble are Samoa, Uruguay, Georgia, and Spain. A lineup that promises nothing short of an adrenaline-pumping contest, wouldn’t you agree?

France’s Grand Theatres

While the competition is fierce, the venues are iconic. The 2023 World Cup will light up ten cities across France, from Bordeaux’s wine estates to Lyon’s historic lanes. Yet, Paris holds a gem – the monumental Stade de France. 10 nail-biting matches over 51 passionate days. The world will be watching, and we’ll be at the edge of our seats!

Celebrating Rugby in Paris and Beyond

The RUGBY Villages

Saint-Denis isn’t just the city of the Stade de France; it’s where rugby celebrations take life. The Rugby Village at Place Victor Hugo and the ancient gardens of Hôtel Dieu promise big-screen matches, delightful cuisines, and captivating events.

On the other hand, the Rugby Village of Paris at Place de la Concorde will be buzzing with matchday energy, giant screens, musical shows, and thrilling activities. It’s where the heart of rugby beats in Paris!

Training Grounds: Where Teams Become Legends

As the teams prepare for the main event, they’ll be practicing hard. And if you’re lucky, you might just catch the Tonga team at Croissy-sur-Seine or the Welsh wizards at Versailles. For the die-hard French supporters, Rueil-Malmaison is the place to be. These base camps are not just training grounds; they’re where strategies are made, dreams are shaped, and legends are born.

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