The schedule is ready: The RWC 2023 World Cup begins with the All-Blacks team against hosts France

2007 the Boks won in Paris – will they win again in 2023?

Is there still room on your calendar for September? Well it’s not September, it’s about September 2023. This and the following October should be an absolute month for German rugby fans. Because then the 2023 World Rugby Championship will be held in France at our doorstep. For German fans, perhaps there would never be a better time to watch the World Cup game so easily. If you want to be there alive, take care of accommodation and tickets early and start planning. Because once again up to a million foreign fans are expected. As of today, the exact schedule has been established, with which planning can finally begin.

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September 8, 2023, floodlights, more than 80,000 fans in the stadium in France and millions around the world on parachutes. First Rugby World Cup 2023 Kick Off – The host will face the All-Blacks who claim their fourth title in their opening match. The Heart of Rugby, What do you want more than eight weeks of rugby festival in the neighboring country?

It may seem like an eternity and in fact there are still nearly two and a half years to be exact before the opening match of the World Cup in our neighboring country. But precisely in the absence of other live rugby alternatives, many German fans will be watching closely the announcement of the global rugby schedule this afternoon.

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The Rugby World Cup isn’t close to France anytime soon. Many German fans would take advantage of the World Cup without even taking a plane. For the residents of Cologne and Aachen, the Thalys Express takes you to the opening match at the Paris National Stadium in just three hours – if you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to get a ticket.

World Cup 2023 Kits

For the Springboks fans in Frankfurt, it takes less than four hours before ICE arrives in Paris, as the reigning champions will face Ireland on 23 September. For Heidelberger, it takes just 3/3 hours across Mannheim to go to the City of Love, where the semi-finals and finals also take place. Aachen riders can enjoy two matches for England in Lille after a 2.5-hour bus ride. Freiburg fans are just a four-hour drive away from two All Blacks’ matches in Lyon.

With many German fans already knocking out in the last two editions of the World Cup, there should be a record in 2023. The fact that Germany has become a bigger market for world rugby is also evidenced by the fact that there is an official tour operator for the first time. World Rugby made this clear in its press release today.

However, if you take a closer look at the aforementioned P1 Travel website, you are currently only offered exclusive access 48 hours before the start of sales of your travel packages including tickets for 99 €. So you have to pay close to 100 euros for the right to buy the package a couple of days in advance, and it’s definitely quite expensive – the actual package starts selling in March of this year.

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If you take the last World Cup as standard, official sales will likely start over a year ago.

In 2019, Boks is victorious in Japan

Your TR overview organized according to upcoming venues and the best teams from Germany

Paris – Stade de France (Kap. 80.698)

  • Friday, September 8: France-New Zealand (Opening Match)
    Saturday 9 September: Australia-Europe 1
    Saturday 23 September: South Africa-Ireland
    Saturday 7 October: Ireland – Scotland
    Saturday 14th October: Quarter-finals (Winner B vs. Runner-up A)
    Sunday October 15th: Quarter-finals (Winner A vs. Runner-up B)
    Friday 20 October: Semi-finals
    Saturday October 21: semi-final
    Friday, October 27th: The match for third place
    Saturday 28 October: Final

Lille – Pierre Moroy Stadium (Cap.50.157)

  • Thursday, September 14: France – America 1
    Saturday 23 September: England-USA 2
    Saturday 30 September: Scotland – Europe 2
    Saturday 7 October: England -1 Oceania
    Sunday 8 October: Asia / Pacific 1 – Europe 2

Lyon – Park OL (CAP 59.186)

  • Sunday 24 September: Wales vs Australia
    Wednesday 27 September: America 1 – Africa 1
    Friday, September 29: New Zealand vs Italy
    Thursday 5 October: New Zealand vs America 1
    France October 6: France – Italy

Saint-Etienne – Jeffrey Guichard Stadium (CAP 59.186)

  • Saturday 9 September: Italy -1 Africa
    Sunday 17 September: Australia-Fiji
    Friday, September 22: Argentina-Oceania 1
    Sunday October 1st: Australia – Winner of the Repechage
The confrontations of the major teams

South Africa

Title Defense Mission – At the site of the 2007 victory, the Boks want to be the first team ever to win a fourth world title. In the group stage, the track leads through Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux.

New Zealand

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Three-time world champion faces Italy and hosts France in Group A. Les Bleus will likely continue riding a wave of euphoria in 2023 and want to finally add a World Cup victory to the three runner-up titles.


The only former European world champion and runner-up world champion since 2003 will face Argentina and Japan in the group stage – a potential stumbling block for the English side, which has not always been convincing.


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