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2023 Rugby World Cup fixtures - France open the tournament against New Zealand

19 Jul 2023
Ralph Staniforth 19 Jul 2023
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  • The 2023 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, 8 September 2023
  • Final takes place on 28 October 2023
  • France will host the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup
  • South Africa are the defending world champions
2023 Rugby World Cup trophy
France host the 2023 Rugby World Cup (Getty Images)

The 2023 Rugby Union World Cup gets underway in France on 8 September 2023 with the final being played on 28 October.

South Africa are the defending champions after beating England 32-12 in the 2019 final hosted by Japan. The tournament will kick off with a blockbuster fixture when hosts France play New Zealand at the Stade de France.

Those are the two bookies' favourites at the moment and that is not likely to change much before the tournament kicks off. South Africa will once again be a contender along with England and Ireland.

Other outsiders will include Australia and Wales.

2023 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

8 SeptFrance vs New ZealandStade de France
9 SeptNamibia vs ItalySaint-Etienne
9 SeptEurope 2 vs IrelandBordeaux
9 SeptAustralia vs PortugalStade de France
9 SeptArgentina vs EnglandMarseille
10 SeptScotland vs South AfricaMarseille
10 SeptFiji vs WalesBordeaux
10 SeptSamoa vs JapanToulouse
14 SeptFrance vs UruguayLille
15 SeptNamibia vs New ZealandToulouse
16 SeptRomania vs IrelandNantes
16 SeptWales vs PortugalNice
16 SeptIreland vs SamoaBordeaux
17 SeptSouth Africa vs RomaniaBordeaux
17 SeptAustralia vs FijiSaint-Etienne
20 SeptItaly vs UruguayNice
21 SeptFrance vs NamibiaMarseille
22 SeptArgentina vs SamoaSaint-Etienne
23 SeptGeorgia vs PortugalToulouse
23 SeptEngland vs ChileLille
23 SeptSouth Africa vs IrelandSaint-Denis
24 SeptScotland vs TongaNice
24 SeptWales vs AustraliaLyon
27 SeptUruguay vs NambiaLyon
28 SeptJapan vs SamoaToulouse
29 SeptNew Zealand vs ItalyLyon
30 SeptArgentina vs ChileNantes
30 SeptFiji vs GeorgiaBordeaux
30 SeptScotland vs RomaniaLille
1 OctAustralia vs PortugalSaint-Etienne
1 OctSouth Africa vs TongaMarseille
5 OctNew Zealand vs UruguayLyon
6 OctFrance vs ItalyLyon
7 OctWales vs GeorgiaNantes
7 OctEngland vs SamoaLille
7 OctIreland vs ScotlandSaint-Denis
8 OctJapan vs ArgentinaNantes
8 OctSamoa vs ChileLille
8 OctFiji vs PortugalToulouse
14 OctWinner Pool C vs Runner-Up Pool DMarseille
14 OctWinner Pool B vs Runner-Up Pool ASaint-Denis
15 OctWinner Pool D vs Runner-Up Pool CMarseille
15 OctWinner Pool A vs Runner-Up Pool DSaint-Denis
20 OctWinner Quarter-Final 1 vs Winner Quarter-Final 2Saint-Denis
21 OctWinner Quarter-Final 3 vs Winner Quarter-Final 4Saint-Denis
27 OctLoser Semi-Final 1 vs Loser Semi-Final 2Saint-Denis
28 OctFINALSaint-Denis

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