We give you the lowdown on each of the nine stadiums preparing lớn welcome fans lớn Rugby World Cup 2023.

Lille, meanwhile, was a host thành phố during Rugby World Cup 1991, when the nearby Stade du Nord was the venue for New Zealand’s quarter-final victory against Canada.

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Thanks to lớn the ingenious design of the stadium, which hosted UEFA Euro năm nhâm thìn matches, it can easily be configured for other events as one half of the pitch can be raised to slide over the other. 

Stade Pierre Mauroy has consequently hosted three Davis Cup finals, the knockout phase of euro Basket năm ngoái and several high-profile music concerts.

Five RWC 2023 pool matches are scheduled khổng lồ be played at the stadium, with hosts France, England, Scotland and Samoa spending time in the northern city.

OL Stadium, Lyon

Opened in January 2016, the home of Olympique Lyonnais has since hosted a series of international events, including rugby.

OL Stadium had been open for only four months when the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals were played at the new stadium.

In November, 2017, a France XV were beaten 28-23 by New Zealand in front of 58,607 fans. At the over of that season, OL Stadium was chosen as the venue for the top 14 semi-finals.

The city, meanwhile, has a rich rugby pedigree. Stade de Gerland played host to lớn matches at RWC 2007, while the thành phố boasts a two-time French champion club in the shape of Lyon OU.

OL Stadium hosted matches during both UEFA Euro 2016 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, while the Coupe de la Ligue final and UEFA Europa League final have also been played on its hybrid grass.

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Wales and nước australia are scheduled khổng lồ compete in the first RWC 2023 match at the stadium, & with hosts France, Italy & New Zealand also due to lớn pass through the city, fans with tickets for Lyon should be in for a treat.

Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

A historic stadium that has been renovated three times since it opened in 1937, Stade Vélodrome hosted two quarter-finals at RWC 2007.

The home of Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille và a host venue during the FIFA World Cup in 1938 & 1998, the stadium staged its first kiểm tra match on 18 November, 2000, when France beat New Zealand 42-33.

Since then Les Bleus have played a further 11 tests at the iconic venue, winning nine & losing twice — against Argentina in 2004 and the All Blacks in 2009.

On 18 April, 2009, RC Toulonnais played their home Top 14 match against Stade Toulousain in front of 57,039 fans & have returned on a handful of occasions since.

Sitting on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is a historic port đô thị that will provide fans with an opportunity to explore away from the rugby.

Four pool matches will be hosted there, including England v Argentina & France"s game against the Africa Cup 2022 winners, plus two of the quarter-finals.

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