It is a great classic.
Like France-Brazil in football.
The XV of France, currently in chaos because of the Covid-19, will face New Zealand on September 8, 2023 in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup in France.
This is the main information to remember from the schedule of the 48 matches of the World Cup unveiled this Friday, February 26 at midday.
The competition will therefore start with a gala poster at the Stade de France and will run until October 28.
What to remember from the calendar.
Why the World Cup is extended by a week
The All Blacks in question mark
When, a few weeks ago, the starred chef Guy Savoy had a heavy hand by placing New Zealand in Pool A, that of the Blues, the question immediately arose.
Should we make this shock against this monument of world rugby, triple world champion (1987-2011 and 2015), the opening match?
The organizers had indicated that they would consult the staff of the XV of France before making their choice.
But in a competition that it aims to win, the France team did not need to tie knots in the brain.
The shock poster - the seventh face-to-face between the two teams in the World Cup - will ideally launch the competition.
“If we like this sport, it's a dream match.
It has no equal ”, commented the current captain of the XV of France Charles Ollivon.
"How to miss such an opening match?
"Asked the boss of France 2023, Claude Atcher, who acknowledged that" financial and sporting considerations "were taken into account.
“The players are going to experience an incredible thing.
It's going to be crazy for them and for us supporters, ”said former international Sébastien Chabal, who was defeated in 2007 in the opening match of the World Cup in France against Argentina.
In detail, France will face New Zealand on September 8 at the Stade de France, then a qualifier for the Americas in Lille on September 14, an African qualifier on September 21, in Marseille, and Italy in Lyon, on 6 October.
The full schedule
The full schedule
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Breakdowns by city
The organizers adopted a site logic by assigning the nine stadiums selected for the competition both big posters and less flashy matches.
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The Groupama Stadium in Lyon will thus host Wales - Australia and France - Italy, but also a confrontation between an African and an American selection.
Ditto in Nice with England-Japan, but also Italy against a qualifier from the Americas.
When will the ticket office open?
From March, next week therefore, it will be for rugby fans around the world to register on a reservation platform to be entitled to privileged access.
The ticket office will then open in a classic way in April.
The nine stages of the competition
The competition will be played in nine stadiums: the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, the Groupama Stadium in Lyon-Décines, the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium in Saint-Etienne, the Orange Velodrome in Marseille, the Allianz Riviera in Nice, the Matmut Atlantique, in Bordeaux, the Stadium in Toulouse and the Stade de La Beaujoire in Nantes