The 2023 Rugby World Cup 

The 2023 Rugby World Cup is the ongoing tenth men’s Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for rugby union national teams. It is taking place in France from 8 September to 28 October 2023 in nine venues across the country and is the first to take place entirely in France. The opening game and final will take place at the Stade de France, north of Paris. The tournament is being held in the bicentenary year of the “invention” of the sport by William Webb Ellis

Originally, the tournament was scheduled to last the usual six weeks, but in February 2021 World Rugby added a week to provide additional rest days for player welfare. This means that teams will have a minimum of five days’ rest for all matches. It will be the third time France has hosted the Rugby World Cup, having previously done so in 2007 and co-hosted the 1991 Rugby World Cup with England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It precedes the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris and will take place less than a year before the Olympics opening ceremony.

The defending champions are South Africa, who defeated England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final.

Chile makes their first appearance and Portugal returns for their second appearance, 16 years after their debut in 2007, also in France.


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