Little by little the anxiety for the start of the Tenth Rugby World Cup is gaining ground. On Wednesday, May 31, the countdown to the Kick off of France 2023 was presented in the heart of Paris, the tournament that promises to mark a before and after in the history of the World Cup ovals. The Arc de Triomphe was dyed with Rugby and all of France is looking forward to Friday, September 8, when their selected Les Blues face the All Blacks in the French capital, a dream debut for the organizers.
The numbers that are handled in the account or tickets already sold, the number of people who will attend the tournament, and the effect produced by an event of this magnitude, which is only behind the Soccer World Cup and the Olympic Games.
After passing through South Africa, from the country of the last champions, the Webb Ellis, the precious trophy lifted by champions, arrived in France. The person in charge of escorting the Cup was the South African Tendai Mtawarira, historic forward of the Springboks, champion in Japan 2029.
Not only for fans of rugby but also for sports, to schedule Thursday, September 8 at 4:15 p.m. (Argentine time) in Paris. Firstly, the opening ceremony and then the main course, a duel that has a lot of World Cup history, even both teams starred in two finals, as well as crosses in decisive instances: France vs. New Zealand or Les Blues vs. All Blacks. Not even the organizers imagined that the draw would give them this start to the tournament.
A day later, on Saturday, September 9 in Marseille at 4:00 p.m. (Argentine time), Los Pumas will debut for the third time against England, a team they could never defeat in World Cups, the record is three English wins in the same number of clashes. All in the group stage, on May 27, 199 urban Durban: Argentina 18, England 24; on September 10, 2011, in Dunedin: Argentina 9, England 13 and on October 5, 2019, in Tokyo: Argentina 10, England 39.
The second match that the team led by Australian Michael Cheika will play will be against Samoa on Friday, September 22 at 12:45 pm at the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium in Saint-Étienne.
The third game of D for Argentina will be against Chile, on Saturday, September 30 at 10 a.m. (Argentine time), at Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, and in the same stadium but eight days later (Sunday, October 8), Los Pumas will face Japan from 8 (Argentine time).
Astonishing numbers and data
Since France 2023, the organizing body for the World Cup together with World Rugby reported shocking figures. Firstly the provision of tournament medals made from recycled phones, collected through the community rugby initiative
It was then confirmed that RWC 2023 is the fastest-ever edition of ticket sales, with almost 2.5 million already sold and some 600,000 fans traveling to enjoy rugby union’s biggest celebration ever.
French public approval exceeds 90%, with 74% of the host nation’s population planning to interact with RWC 2023
Plans were unveiled for the stunning Rugby Villages that will provide celebration areas for local and international fans in host cities across France.
The most popular rugby event in history
Tournament organizers released the results of the public survey establishing this Rugby World Cup as the most popular and impactful, as rugby fever took hold.
90% of French people support the country as the host state Rugbld Cup, with 76% joining the celebrations in stadiums, Rugby Villages in host cities, or through media and television coverage
More than 600,000 international visitors are expected to join the celebrations in France, a record for a Rugby World Cup
Tickets sold out in record time – all available tickets sold out a year early and France 2023 will break the attendance record for RWC 2015
72% of those who bought tickets will attend with their family, and 45% with friends, underlining the celebration of the union.