Rugby World Cup France 2023 will be held over seven weeks, where the top 20 teams in the world will unite to battle for the game’s ultimate prize, the Webb Ellis Cup.
The format of the tournament comprises a pool stage held in nine competition venues across France, with the two top-ranked teams in each pool qualifying for the knockout phase.
RWC 2023 is the 10th edition of the men’s 15s tournament, occurring on the 200th anniversary of the sport.
Rugby World Cup 2023 runs 8 September, 2023 – 28 October, 2023.
As a celebration across all of France, Rugby World Cup 2023 will provide a warm and distinctly different welcome and experience across nine competition venues.
A city that screams art and culture. There are over 350 UNESCO-listed buildings in its historic centre. Its numerous museums include the incredible Cité du Vin on the banks of the Garonne, the Meca, and the trendy new Musée Mer Marine in the Bassins à Flots area, a former naval base with sea-themed exhibitions. Whether you go before or after the matches at the Stade de Bordeaux, they’re all must-sees in the world’s wine capital.
The great technical feat of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Asq, where Lille’s rugby matches will be played in 2023, is not the only surprise in the Lille metropolis. Nearby there’s also the LaM (the Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Art Brut) set in a large sculpture park. And just a few metro stops away is the city centre of this capital of Hauts-de-France, with its warm, welcoming atmosphere. On the Grand Place, with its tall, 17th-century red brick houses, enjoy munching crispy fries or a delicious vanilla waffle from Meert.
From the old medieval and Renaissance quarter at the foot of the Fourvière hill, walk through narrow streets and secret passageways, hidden staircases and stylish courtyards, to the roof terrace of the quirky and avant-garde Musée des Confluences. The city of Lyon is never on the side-lines. Always elegant, intriguing and surprising, the ‘Cité des Gaules’ is also a foodie’s paradise. Head to one of its ‘bouchons’ (traditional restaurants) to whet your appetite. After the matches at the Parc OL, there’ll be plenty to get your teeth into.
Normally it’s the roar of football supporters that has Stade Velodrome rumbling. Will it now be a try that gets the roar in this major Provençal city? Rugby World Cup 2023 will be an amazing opportunity to explore Marseille, a city constantly reinventing itself. From the bold MuCEM in its lace sheath facing the old Port, to the trendy Friche de la Belle de Mai and its 8,000 square metres of roof terraces, through to the picturesque streets of the Panier district, Marseille has something to appeal to all – and is the perfect base for a longer stay in Provence.
Outside rugby season, Stade De La Beaujoire in Nantes is home to the ‘canaris’, nickname for the local football team. You’ll also meet an enormous mechanical elephant in this beautiful city on the banks of the Loire, taking visitors for rides and spraying onlookers with its trunk. Also, at the ‘Machines de l’Ile’ site – the former shipyards – you can climb aboard a giant carousel of extraordinary sea creatures. And soon you’ll be able to climb into the branches of the forthcoming ‘Arbre aux Herons’ (Herons’ Tree). Don’t believe us? Go and check it out…
Paris is known as the “City of Light” or the “City of Love,” the streets of Paris overflow with culture, art, beauty, and history. Whether searching out Monet’s Water Lilies at Musée de l’Orangerie, climbing the many steps of Sacré-Cœur, standing before the Eiffel Tower in awe, or searching out the best crepes along the Seine, Paris is a city that captures the hearts of millions every year.
Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris. More than 800,000 fans are expected at the Stade de France during the tournament.The city lies on the right bank of the Seine River. Until the mid-19th century, when industries developed there, it was only a small township centred on its famous abbey church, which had been the burial place of the kings of France. The city also has a reputation for its fairs and traditional celebrations, such as those of Lendit (a medieval fair of the Paris region).
Almost bang in the centre of France, Saint-Etienne both preserves the past and nurtures the future. Go back in time at the fascinating Museum of Art and Industry and Museum of the Mine, then visit the cutting-edge Cité du Design. It’s a great city for green tourism, too: a gateway to the outdoor delights of Auvergne with its gently sloping mountains, dormant volcanoes and beautiful countryside. Even the local football team are known as the ‘Verts’ (the Greens), based at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard where in 2023, it’s all about the rugby.
In Toulouse, Occitanie, you’re in the land of Ovalie. The four rugby matches played at the stadium will certainly be colourful, in the image of this ‘Ville Rose’ (Pink City) that’s always in party mode. You can never get bored around the pedestrianised Capitole square and you’ll have your head in the stars as you visit the Cité de l’Espace. Avoid being caught offside and explore the latest attraction, the ‘Piste des Géants’ (Giant’s Trail), which gets you on board some wacky machines to relive the adventures of the Aéropostale pioneers.
In Nice, there’s no need to train for the dolce vita. The rugby teams might get their shirts wet at Stade de Nice – but spectators can enjoy the pleasures of the Côte d’Azur without fear of penalties. From the famous sea-lapped Promenade des Anglais to the small hilltop villages inland, the flower market and trendy alleyways of the Petit Marais, the terrace of the MAMAC museum and the Gallo-Roman site of Cimiez… life’s sweet here, wherever you go.
SA Rugby Travel will be providing ticket inclusive travel packages for Rugby World Cup France 2023. We will be providing various package options for both pool matches as well as the play-offs. The packages will consist of “Freewheeler Flights”, incorporating match ticket and flights, “Freewheeler Accommodation”, incorporating Match Ticket and Accommodation, as well as “Full Package”, which incorporates flights, accommodation and match tickets. Additional excursions, add-ons and breakaways will also be available to ensure that you can experience France and make the most of your experience.
SA Rugby Travel forms part of the sports division within Tourvest Destination Management and began trading in early 2014, with its inaugural event being Rugby World Cup 2015 England, when we were appointed as the exclusive official travel agent in South Africa. SA Rugby Travel again appointed as an Official Travel Agent for the Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan. Heading into 2023, SA Rugby Travel has once again been appointed as an official travel agent for Rugby World Cup France 2023.
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