2023 Rugby World Cup in France
The 2023 Rugby World Cup is being played in France for the third-time in the history of the tournament. France was a co-host of the RWC in 1991, the second year it was played, and hosted the 2007 Rugby World Cup. The Rugby World Cup France is scheduled to be held from September 8th, 2023 to October 21st, 2023 at various locations across France. There will be 48+ matches at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The list of host cities and full RWC match schedule will be released as the tournament nears.
2023 RWC Final
The 2023 RWC Final will be played Saturday, October 23rd in the famous Stade de France in Saint-Denis. Stade de France is located just on the outskirts of Paris, and has a capacity of just over 80,000 fans for a match. The Stade de France is the home venue of France's powerhouse national rugby union team, which was narrowly defeated in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Rugby World Cup
The Rugby World Cup is one of the most popular sporting events in the World. Twenty teams compete in the RWC over a six week period. The tournament has a pool stage, with four groups, and two teams emerge from each (winner & runner-up) to play in the knockout stage. The RWC Quarterfinals feature the eight teams that advanced from the pool play, with the four winning teams advancing to the Semifinals. The two winning teams from the Semifinals will play in the Rugby World Cup Final.
The Rugby World Cup is held every four years, so rugby fans around the globe plan their travels to make sure they can attend the RWC. The attendance for the Rugby World Cup has twice surpassed 2 million fans (France in 2007, England in 2015), which makes demand for Rugby World Cup tickets exceptionally strong. First contested in 1987, the Rugby World Cup Champion is awarded the William Webb Eillis Cup. South Africa currently holds the cup, as the Springboks won the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.