Rugby World Cup 2023 set to take place in France
The 2023 Rugby World Cup is just days away after years of preparation, qualification, and training. This weekend’s summer series ended, and while results were important, what really mattered was the team’s form, individual performances, and who was injured or suspended. This is for good reason: the biggest rugby tournament begins on Friday, September 8.
See World Class Rugby at Stade de France
The Rugby World Cup will kick off with an exciting match between France and New Zealand at the historic Stade de France. These two teams are expected to go far and do battle with another 3 teams in Pool A – Italy, Namibia, Uruguay. Ireland, Romania, Scotland, Tonga, and current world champion South Africa headline a tough group in Pool B. Pool C includes Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Portugal and Wales while Pool D has Argentina, Chile England, Japan, and Samoa. Only the top two from each pool will advance to the quarter-finals on October 14 before the semi-finals take place between Friday 20 and Saturday 21.
Stade de France is a stadium complex in Paris. It is France’s national arena and was built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The stadium replaced the Parc des Princes as the national stadium and has a capacity of 81,338. Both the French national football team and the French national rugby team play their matches here.
The Rugby World Cup is fast approaching, but there are still a few official resale tickets available for select matches if you’d like to see rugby union’s premier international tournament for yourself.
Rugby World Cup 2023 travel tips
Approximately 600,000 fans are expected to attend the 10th Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Friday (September 8, 2023).
You can enjoy the fantastic sporting experiences that France has to offer by taking a train ride. Taking the train is the perfect way to experience everything you love about sports up close and personal.
The Rugby World Cup is a good time to explore France more sustainably over land and sea. Trains emit 70-90% fewer greenhouse gases than flights, so they’re a good way to try overland travel.
The air traffic control strikes in France on 15 September and 13 October will make train travel particularly attractive during these dates.
Eurostar services and TGV connections are already extremely busy on World Cup match days. But you can use it to your advantage by being flexible. Due to the high demand at the tournament, many transport options are not only full, but also expensive – so if you’re planning to visit France, think about leaving early or staying a little longer so that you can see both the matches and the cities while avoiding the busy travel day.
How to get to the stadium in Paris
If the Paris Eurostar is fully booked or too expensive, try the Eurostar to Lille, which has direct trains to and from Lyon, Marseille, and Bordeaux.
What are the benefits of watching the Rugby World Cup live?
It is just days away from the Rugby World Cup 2023, and the excitement is palpable. It is the moment when rugby’s best teams come together to compete for the sport’s most prestigious prize. A spectacular opening game at the Stade de France between France and New Zealand is expected to set the tone for a month of intense and incredible rugby.
As only two teams from each pool qualify for the quarter-finals, every match is more exciting and competitive than ever before. The Rugby World Cup will bring fans from around the world together to support their teams and experience its unique atmosphere.
It’s worth considering sustainable travel methods, such as train travel, if you’re considering participating in this fantastic sporting event. Train travel not only offers a more environmentally friendly option but also gives you the opportunity to explore more of France. Whether you’re a dedicated rugby fan or just love sport and culture, the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France is a show you won’t want to miss. Support your team, and enjoy the rugby experience in beautiful surroundings by taking the train.