Rugby World Cup France 2023

MSG Tours celebrated our 5th birthday by being appointed as an Official Travel Agent for Rugby World Cup 2023.

France 2023 will see Rugby World Cup celebrate the 10th edition since its inception in 1987, and the 200th anniversary since the “invention” of the sport by William Webb Ellis. 

And MSG will be there as OTA’s #DeliveringTheUnexpected for our Supporters!

Ticket-inclusive travel packages for Rugby World Cup France 2023 with MSG will go on sale in March 2021.

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RWC 2023 Host Cities

Get Set for Rugby World Cup 2023!

Dates: 8 September 2023 – 21 October 2023

Host nation France will open the tournament on Friday 8th September 2023 with the final taking place 6 weeks later on Saturday 21st October 2023.

RWC 2023 Stadiums and Host Cities

    • Bordeaux – Stade de Bordeaux  (42,000 capacity)
    • Lille – Stade Pierre-Mauroy (50,000 capacity)
    • Lyon – Parc OL (59,000 capacity)
    • Marseille – Stade Vélodrome (67,000 capacity)
    • Nantes – Stade de la Beaujoire (37,500 capacity)
    • Nice – Stade de Nice  (35,000 capacity)
    • Saint-Denis (Paris) –Stade de France (80,000 capacity)
    • Saint-Etienne – Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (42,000 capacity)
    • Toulouse – Stadium de Toulouse (33,000 capacity)

Why choose MSG in France 2023?

Our French Connection

By the time the party has kicked off at the Opening Ceremony of RWC2023 in the Stade de France, MSG Tours will have had a celebration of our own with our European Office in Bayonne, France turning six years old. 

We will be basing our operations from this hub for the duration of the tournament, ensuring that we are on hand for your every need and calling upon all our expertise to #DeliverTheUnexpectedAs the French say, “Il ne faut rien laisser au hasard” which translates to “Nothing should be left to chance”.  

Our Rugby World Cup experience

We’ve been there and done it! Supporters from England, Wales and Scotland travelled with us to Japan for Rugby World Cup 2019, experiencing the traditional culture, unique cuisine and pristine scenery in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The tour was a great success. But, don’t take our word for it. Read testimonials from RWC2019 in Japan… 

RWC in numbers

  • Only four teams have ever won Rugby World Cup – can you name them?  
  • Three times France have been in the final, but never come away victorious – will this change on home soil in 2023?  
  • 2,512 – New Zealand’s record for Rugby World Cup points 

 History of Rugby and France 

  • Rugby  was introduced to the Le Havre region of  France by British merchants and students in the 1870s and was subsequently spread throughout the schools and colleges.  
  • Rugby made its first Olympic appearance at the Paris Summer Games of 1900, with France entering a team along with Germany and Great Britain; the home nation emerging with the Gold Medal. 
  • In 1910 it was the French who coined the term “The Five Nations” for the infamous yearly tournament and it stayed that way until 2000 when Italy joined the party. France last won the tournament in 2010.   
  • France is the world’s most populous country in which rugby union has a large and dedicated following, with over 65 million Rugby mad residentsMore than the populations of New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales combined.  

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