The Stade de France will host this year’s Rugby World Cup final. The Stade de France will host the opening games between France and the All Blacks, two quarterfinals, the two semifinals and the final, while the Stade de Marseille is the only other venue hosting knockout games
The All Blacks arrive as one of the favourites to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for what would be a record fourth time, having won the Rugby Championship in convincing fashion – although they were thrashed by South Africa in their final warm-up game. Hosts France can be sensational on their day and it is set to be the perfect showdown to kickstart the seven-week tournament.
The fixture schedule sees Six Nations champions Ireland, Eddie Jones’ struggling Australia and England all get their campaigns under way the following day, with Steve Borthwick’s side undertaking a tricky assignment of facing in-form Argentina in Marseille, in what is likely to be a decisive Pool D match.
|Fri, Sep 8, 2023||France vs New Zealand||Pool A||Paris||8:15pm BST|
|Sat, Sep 9, 2023||Italy vs Namibia||Pool A||Saint-Etienne||12pm|
|Sat, Sep 9, 2023||Ireland vs Romania||Pool B||Bordeaux||2.30pm|
|Sat, Sep 9, 2023||Australia vs Georgia||Pool C||Paris||5pm|
|Sat, Sep 9, 2023||England vs Argentina||Pool D||Marseille||8pm|
|Sun, Sep 10, 2023||Japan vs Chile||Pool D||Toulouse||12pm|
|Sun, Sep 10, 2023||South Africa vs Scotland||Pool B||Marseille||4.45pm|
|Sun, Sep 10, 2023||Wales vs Fiji||Pool C||Bordeaux||8pm|
|Thu, Sep 14, 2023||France vs Uruguay||Pool A||Lille||8pm|
|Fri, Sep 15, 2023||New Zealand vs Namibia||Pool A||Toulouse||8pm|
|Sat, Sep 16, 2023||Samoa vs Chile||Pool D||Bordeaux||2pm|
|Sat, Sep 16, 2023||Wales vs Portugal||Pool C||Nice||4.45pm|
|Sat, Sep 16, 2023||Ireland vs Tonga||Pool B||Nantes||8pm|
|Sun, Sep 17, 2023||South Africa vs Romania||Pool B||Bordeaux||2pm|
|Sun, Sep 17, 2023||Australia vs Fiji||Pool C||Saint-Etienne||4.45pm|
|Sun, Sep 17, 2023||England vs Japan||Pool D||Nice||8pm|
|Wed, Sep 20, 2023||Italy vs Uruguay||Pool A||Nice||4.45pm|
|Thu, Sep 21, 2023||France vs Namibia||Pool A||Marseille||8pm|
|Fri, Sep 22, 2023||Argentina vs Samoa||Pool D||Saint-Etienne||4.45pm|
|Sat, Sep 23, 2023||Georgia vs Portugal||Pool C||Toulouse||1pm|
|Sat, Sep 23, 2023||England vs Chile||Pool D||Lille||4.45pm|
|Sat, Sep 23, 2023||South Africa vs Ireland||Pool B||Paris||8pm|
|Sun, Sep 24, 2023||Scotland vs Tonga||Pool B||Nice||4.45pm|
|Sun, Sep 24, 2023||Wales vs Australia||Pool C||Lyon||8pm|
|Wed, Sep 27, 2023||Uruguay vs Namibia||Pool A||Lyon||4.45pm|
|Thu, Sep 28, 2023||Japan vs Samoa||Pool D||Toulouse||8pm|
|Fri, Sep 29, 2023||New Zealand vs Italy||Pool A||Lyon||8pm|
|Sat, Sep 30, 2023||Argentina vs Chile||Pool D||Nantes||2pm|
|Sat, Sep 30, 2023||Fiji vs Georgia||Pool C||Bordeaux||4.45pm|
|Sat, Sep 30, 2023||Scotland vs Romania||Pool B||Lille||8pm|
|Sun, Oct 1, 2023||Australia vs Portugal||Pool C||Saint-Etienne||4.45pm|
|Sun, Oct 1, 2023||South Africa vs Tonga||Pool B||Marseille||8pm|
|Thu, Oct 5, 2023||New Zealand vs Uruguay||Pool A||Lyon||8pm|
|Fri, Oct 6, 2023||France vs Italy||Pool A||Lyon||8pm|
|Sat, Oct 7, 2023||Wales vs Georgia||Pool C||Nantes||2pm|
|Sat, Oct 7, 2023||England vs Samoa||Pool D||Lille||4.45pm|
|Sat, Oct 7, 2023||Ireland vs Scotland||Pool B||Paris||8pm|
|Sun, Oct 8, 2023||Japan vs Argentina||Pool D||Nantes||12pm|
|Sun, Oct 8, 2023||Tonga vs Romania||Pool B||Lille||4.45pm|
|Sun, Oct 8, 2023||Fiji vs Portugal||Pool C||Toulouse||8pm|
|Sat, Oct 14, 2023||QF 1 (Winner Pool C vs Runner-Up Pool D)||Marseille||4pm|
|Sat, Oct 14, 2023||QF 2 (Winner Pool B vs Runner-Up Pool A)||Paris||8pm|
|Sun, Oct 15, 2023||QF 3 (Winner Pool D vs Runner-Up Pool C)||Marseille||4pm|
|Sun, Oct 15, 2023||QF 4 (Winner Pool A vs Runner-Up Pool B)||Paris||8pm|
|Fri, Oct 20, 2023||SF 1 (Winner quarter-final 1 vs Winner quarter-final 2)||Paris||8pm|
|Sat, Oct 21, 2023||SF 2 (Winner quarter-final 3 vs Winner quarter-final 4)||Paris||8pm|
|Fri, Oct 27, 2023||Third-place play-off||Paris||8pm|
|Sat, Oct 28, 2023||Rugby World Cup 2023 final|
Where is the Rugby World Cup taking place?
The 2023 Rugby World Cup is being played in France across nine stadiums in nine cities. The final will be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (Paris).
Who is playing?
A total of 20 teams qualified for the Rugby World Cup. These teams were split into four pools of five, with each pool getting one team from five ‘bands’.
Band one featured the four highest-ranked teams from when the draw for the tournament was made back in 2019 (South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales). Band two comprised the next four highest-ranked teams (Ireland, Australia, France, Japan) and band three the four after that (Scotland, Argentina, Fiji, Italy).
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).
South Africa are the defending champions. They beat England in the final in 2019.