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RWC France 2023 All Blacks in Lyon

RWC France 2023 All Blacks in Lyon week 1!

The All Blacks have arrived in Lyon! The countdown is on to the opening match of the Rugby World Cup 2023. Kiwis across Spain are getting together on Friday 8 September to watch the All Blacks take on France. Get in contact with us to find out more about where the Kiwis are meeting near you!

When is the Rugby World Cup 2023?

The rugby tournament begins this Friday, September 8 with France taking on New Zealand. The final will be played on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

South Africa were the winners of the last tournament in Japan in 2019. When they beat England in the final, and will be among the favourites again this year, particularly after hammering New Zealand at Twickenham in their final warm-up match.

A strong European challenge is expected, not least from France, who smashed Australia in a pre-tournament warm-up, and Six Nations Grand Slam winners Ireland, who have yet to put their best foot forward at a World Cup but thrashed England in a warm-up match.

Where is it?

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be played in France across nine stadiums in nine cities. The final will be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (Paris).

  • Stade de France (capacity 80,698) – Saint-Denis, Paris
  • Stade de Marseille (67,394) – Marseille
  • OL Stadium (59,186) – Lyon
  • Stade Pierre-Mauroy (50,186) – Lille
  • Stade de Bordeaux (42,115) – Bordeaux
  • Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (41,965) – Saint-Étienne
  • Stade de Nice (35,624) – Nice
  • Stade de la Beaujoire (35,322) – Nantes
  • Stade de Toulouse (33,150) – Toulouse

How do I watch the Rugby World Cup?

Movistar have the exclusive broadcast rights in Spain and ITV have the exclusive broadcast rights in the UK.

The radio commentary of every match will be available only on the BBC, across Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds service. The BBC says there will be a “bespoke output” in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In the US, the tournament is being shown on NBC Sports. In South Africa the TV coverage is on SuperSport.

Amazon Prime broadcast England’s four warm-up fixtures as well as nine other warm-up fixtures featuring other Six Nations teams.

Who is playing?

A total of 20 teams qualified for the Rugby World Cup. These teams were split into four pools of five, with each pool getting one team from five ‘bands’.

Band one featured the four highest-ranked teams from when the draw for the tournament was made back in 2019 (South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales). Band two comprised the next four highest-ranked teams (Ireland, Australia, France, Japan) and band three the four after that (Scotland, Argentina, Fiji, Italy).

Each side in the first three bands qualified automatically for the tournament owing to their world ranking, while the further two bands comprised the sides who had made it into the tournament via qualifying (Samoa, Georgia, Uruguay, Tonga, Namibia, Romania, Chile, Portugal).

Who is in what pool?

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Join Kiwis in Spain for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France

Kent and Laura have organised a group of Kiwis in Spain to attend the All Blacks RWC match in Lyon against Uruguay. We are looking forward to our long weekend in Lyon, France. If you would like to join us for the long weekend, let Kent know ASAP.

Most tickets are sold out however, we did notice there are still reasonable flights available from most cities in Spain to Lyon. France will play Italy on the Friday 6 October in Lyon, so we will enjoy what Lyon city has to offer! We booked four nights from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October. Also check out to find out more about the RWC and Lyon.

Read where to watch rugby in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Malaga.

The 2023-2024 rugby season is officially upon us after the All Blacks beating Argentina convincingly over the weekend!

Dunne’s Irish Pub – Barcelona

Flaherty’s Irish Pub – Barcelona

James Joyce Irish Pub – Madrid

Finnegans of Dublin Pub – Valencia

Morrissey’s Irish Pub – Malaga

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