Rugby World Cup 2023 in France: Playing to win

An unforgettable celebration of Rugby’s finest awaits, on and off the field, when france hosts the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

Preparing the France Rugby World Cup 2023

Preparations by the France 2023 Organising Committee and World Rugby are gathering pace since hosting passed from Japan.

It started in 2018, when the RWC 2023 logo and brand identity were unveiled, continued with the Pool Draw announcement in late 2019, and continues to peak with the first commercial partnerships signed this year. In Paris, the Organising Committee HQ was inaugurated, and, around the country, nine host cities were honoured to be selected as official team base camps. These towns, from Lille in the north to Nice in the south, and including Saint-Étienne, Nantes, Marseille, Toulouse and Lyon, are set to welcome 20 teams competing across 48 matches.

A rousing manifesto, “Bougeons les lignes!” (Let’s shift the lines!) debuted, to engage youth, unite regions and communities, and promote unity through diversity. As well as this, a celebration of rugby’s values in a national and international societal context is taking place.

Celebrate two years to go until Rugby World Cup France 2023 🏉 by reliving a show broadcast from Paris with special guests and important announcements.🤩
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Rugby Video 2 years to go (External link)

‘Rendez-vous en France en 2023’

Social networks have been activated with the release of ‘Rendez-vous en France en 2023’: a promotional video that pays tribute to France and rugby in all its diversity (tourism, cultural and geographical). It has already been viewed over 1.7 million times. And, more than one million fans have signed up to the #WEARE2023 database in readiness for the Opening of Ticketing in March 2021. One of the main aims of the Organising Committee is to ensure that RWC 2023 is both a success as a sports event and for tourism. To this end, World Cup Rugby and Atout France entered into a partnership. The goal is to take the Cup beyond the sport, by offering a complete and unique experience for visitors to France: to discover the country writ large – its plurality, cultural identity and historic sites and monuments. Being the bicentenary of the birth of rugby, 2023 is an incredible opportunity to place French gastronomy, culture and local agricultural products in the global spotlight. Promotion of “Destination France” and French savoir-faire will be keys to success.

Rugby World Cup  France 2023 Copyright Destination France  - Paul Antoine - FFR
Rugby World Cup France 2023 Copyright Destination France - Paul Antoine - FFR

Tour - Booked to go for the Rugby Wold Cup 2023 in France

9 french cities, dotted all around the country, will host fixtures for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France with 3 Australian games : Lyon, Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint-Denis! Here’s what you can enjoy at some of them.
Map Rugby World Cup  France 2023  - FFR

Paris Saint-Denis host city for Australia and New Zealand games

  • Food Discovery: Visit three-Michelin starred restaurant Epicure. Or give Guy Savoy a go.
  • Immerse in history by: in Saint Denis, visit the famous Basilica. And dont forget to step inside the Museum of French History.
  • Savour a taste of culture: Attend a Moulin Rouge cabaret.
  • Live like a local by: Visiting the Louvre late at night.

Rugby Word Cup 2023

Saint-Etienne, host city for Australia games

  • Food discovery: Trying the Grêlon du Pilat milk chocolates, encasing an alcohol-immersed hazelnut
  • Immerse in history by: stepping inside The Cité du Design
  • A taste of culture: Enjoy the local contemporary music scene with a gig at Le Fil
  • Live like a local by: Going to the The lively atmosphere of the city centre on a night out.

Lyon, host city for Australia and New Zealand games

  • Food discovery: At Les Halles de Lyon, discover regional produce at Boulevard de la Croix-Rousse and Saint-Antoine Farmers Market. Or try something new at a traditional family-owned bouchon.
  • Immerse in history by: Discovering Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.
  • A taste of culture: Visit the Amphithéâtre Gallo-Romain.
  • Live like a local by: Going out for lunch and staying in for dinner


  • Food discovery: Dine at Olive & Artichaut in Old Nice.
  • Immerse in history by: staring at the beautiful interiors of Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas in Nice.
  • A taste of culture: Marvel at the artistry of The Carnival of Nice (held in February).
  • Live like a local by: Strolling along the seafront or taking steps along the pebbled beach.


  • Food discovery: Sample bouillabaisse at a top-rated Marseille restaurant.
  • Immerse in history by: Wandering around the Vieux Port, where the city was founded around 600 BC.
  • A taste of culture: Soaking up Mediterranean history at the ultramodern MuCEM museum.
  • Live like a local by: Diving into turquoise waters at Calanques National Park.


  • Food discovery: Have a meal at L’Étable, just two steps from rue Royale.
  • Immerse in history by: Soaking in the surrounds at meeting place, La Grande Place.
  • A taste of culture: Peruse painting prints and sculpture at Musée des Beaux Arts.
  • Live like a local by: Picking up fresh produce from the local markets in Wazemmes.


  • Food discovery: Buying grattons from a Bordeaux deli catessen .
  • Immerse in history by: stepping inside La Cité du Vin.
  • A taste of culture: Stream an opera from the Grand - Théâtre de Bordeaux .
  • Live like a local by: exploring the Saint - Michel flea market.


  • Food discovery: tasting the Gateau Nantais or Nantes cake.
  • Immerse in history by: stepping inside The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
  • A taste of culture: Discover 30 art installations along the Estuaire Nantes-Saint-Nazaire.
  • Live like a local by: Going to the market and eating some oysters with a glass of Muscadet white wine.

Toulouse, host city for New Zealand games

  • Food discovery: Enjoying a Cassoulet stew with white beans, sausage and duck confit
  • Immerse in history by: stepping inside Saint-Sernin, the biggest Roman basilica in Europe
  • A taste of culture: Discover the the Abattoirs Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and also ... space at the La Cité de l’Espace theme park
  • Live like a local by: Walking through the tiny streets in the early morning and admiring the red-bricked façades of “La Ville Rose” (The Pink City)

Official travel agencies chosen for France 2023 Rugby World Cup


New Zealand:

These agencies are in charge of selling official ticket-inclusive travel packages for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

International fans - Rugby World Cup France 2023
International fans - Rugby World Cup France 2023

Key statistics on the France 2023 Rugby World Cup

  • 600,000 Foreign visitors
  • 45 Days of competition
  • 209 Number of countries broadcasting the Rugby World Cup
  • 3,000+ Media representatives expected to visit France to cover the 10th World Cup

2023 Rugby World Cup match venues: Locations, stadiums and capacity

Bordeaux -- Matmut Atlantique -- 42,000
Lille -- Stade Pierre Mauroy -- 50,000
Lyon -- Groupama Stadium -- 59,000
Marseille -- Orange Vélodrome -- 67,000
Nantes -- Stade de la Beaujoire -- 37,500
Nice -- Allianz Riviera -- 35,000
Saint-Denis (Paris) -- Stade de France -- 80,000
Saint-Étienne -- Stade Geoffroy-Guichard -- 42,000
Toulouse -- Stadium de Toulouse -- 33,000

Further information
Rugby World Cup
: (External link)
All the Matches in France : (External link)

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