What poster for the opening match?
“Personally, I would love to start the World Cup with a France-New Zealand.
It would be an incredible event because it never happened in history that the two best teams in the pool face each other from the start.
I would therefore be delighted to launch the competition with this exceptional poster.
I met the officials of the Stade de France, they think like me ... We will discuss it with the staff of the XV of France.
He has oversight, but no veto.
We're not going to do it against them, I'm not an idiot.
Even if I vouch for the fairness of treatment of each of the teams.
As the director of the organization, I am a justice of the peace;
I cannot favor the France team.
I will also discuss it with the person in charge of the ticket office to see how we balance everything.
Because we have to keep the attractiveness of the event in a linear fashion.
The XV of France could therefore also start against Italy. "
The previous nine opening matches
May 22, 1987: New Zealand - Italy 70-6
October 3, 1991: England - New Zealand 12-18
May 25, 1995: South Africa-Australia 27-18
October 1, 1999: Wales-Argentina 23-18
October 10, 2003: Australia-Argentina 24-8
September 7, 2007: France-Argentina 12-17
September 9, 2011: New Zealand - Tonga 41-10
September 18, 2015: England-Fiji 35-11
September 20, 2019: Japan-Russia 30-10
Calendar: sharing, equity and continuity
“We have two months to build the calendar.
We're going to talk to the nine host cities.
It won't necessarily be easy because every city wants France, New Zealand, England and South Africa.
We will have to explain to them that they will also have less prestigious posters.
But there will be great oppositions.
We will be able to offer beautiful posters to our nine cities. ”
“I can also guarantee that the rest times calculated over the entire duration of the group stage will be fair between all the teams.
It is for this, and this is a first, that the Tiers 1 teams (
the ten best nations: France, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, England, Argentina , Editor's note
) will play during the week.
It is recorded with Rugby World Cup.
It seems important to us that the France team can play on a Tuesday evening or a Wednesday evening in a provincial town.
She will therefore play at least one match during the week.
Like the other great teams.
To preserve a form of equity. ”
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“We will also focus on ensuring that there is continuity.
There will therefore never be more than three days without any match on the program.
We will also try to put two matches on Saturday and Sunday in the same city to create a call.
For example if England play a match on Saturday in Bordeaux and there is another less attractive one on Sunday, the English supporters will stay in Bordeaux to see it. "
Ticketing: matches from 15 euros, the Blues from 30 euros
“The first phase of the ticket office will open at the end of March.
With 200,000 tickets on sale in city packs of two or four matches or team packs of two or four matches too.
On a first come, first served basis.
Regarding the prices, we have agreed that the first price will be set at 15 euros for certain matches.
There will also be 100,000 tickets for local communities, which will be able to buy them at 12 euros.
Regarding the XV of France, there will be tickets at 30 euros during the first phase.
Obviously, it will be much more expensive for the final.
Traditionally, it drains 4 to 500,000 requests.
We must not ignore the law of supply and demand… ”
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