The 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to be an intriguing edition, with the international game more competitive than ever before. Four major contenders, Ireland, France, New Zealand, and South Africa, have emerged, but an unbalanced draw has opened the door for other nations in the tournament to make a deep run. This year, the competition returns to France, a previous host nation, with 20 teams competing once again. Some interesting newcomers include Chile, who will make their tournament debut after beating Canada and the USA in Americas qualifying, and Portugal, who are set to return to the World Cup for the first time in 16 years.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be held in France. The tournament will kick off in Paris on 8 September, with the host nation facing New Zealand in a heavyweight clash. The final will take place at the Stade de France on 28 October. Viewers in the United Kingdom will be able to watch all the action live on ITV’s channels, with matches also being streamed via ITVX.
The participating nations have been divided into four pools. In Pool A, we have France, New Zealand, Italy, Uruguay, and Namibia. Pool B consists of South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Tonga, and Romania. Pool C includes Wales, Australia, Fiji, Georgia, and Portugal. Lastly, Pool D features England, Japan, Argentina, Samoa, and Chile.
Matches will be held in various cities across France, including Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Nantes, and Toulouse. The schedule for the pool stages is already set, with matches taking place from 8 September to 1 October. Exciting fixtures include France vs New Zealand, Italy vs Namibia, Ireland vs Romania, Australia vs Georgia, and England vs Argentina, among others.
Following the pool stages, the tournament will progress to the quarter-finals, which will take place on 14 and 15 October in Marseille and Paris. The semi-finals will be held in Paris on 20 and 21 October. The third-place playoff will be on 27 October, and the final match will determine the champion on 28 October.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup promises to be a thrilling event with top teams vying for glory. Fans around the world can look forward to witnessing intense battles on the field as nations compete to lift the coveted trophy.