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Rugby World Cup 2023

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Last updated date : 27/09/2023

After hosting matches in the 2016 European Football Championship, followed by the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, and before the arrival of the 2024 Olympic Games, we look forward to welcoming the 2023 Rugby World Cup! Several matches will be played in Lyon, which will host the New Zealand team!

Coupe du Monde de rugby 2023 - Lyon Ville hôte

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Rugby World Cup 2023 in Lyon

Lyon is set to host the Rugby World Cup from 24 September to 6 October 2023. 

5 matches will be played on the pitch at the Groupama Stadium, including one featuring the French national team. 
The New Zealand team, the famous All Blacks, will set up their team base camp in Lyon to prepare for the tournament from the start of September and for the duration of the competition.
The whole city of Lyon is readying itself for this festival of rugby!

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Matches taking place in Lyon

The City of Lyon, named ‘World's Leading Emerging Tourism Destination 2021’, will host five matches at the OL Stadium.

We advise supporters to leave at least 2.30 hours before the start of the match, bearing in mind that the first shuttle buses from Part-Dieu will leave 3 hours before kick-off.

Vue du Groupama Stadium © Lotfi Dakhli

How to access the OL Stadium to attend the matches

All the information you need to get to the 2023 Rugby World Cup matches by public transport, by bike, by car or from the airport.

We advise supporters to leave at least 2.30 hours before the start of the match, bearing in mind that the first shuttle buses from Part-Dieu will leave 3 hours before kick-off.


The 20 qualified teams are split into four pools:

  • Pool A: New Zealand / France / Italy / Uruguay / Namibia
  • Pool B: South Africa / Ireland / Scotland / Tonga / Romania 
  • Pool C: Wales / Australia / Fidji / Georgia / Portugal
  • Pool D: England / Japan / Argentina / Samoa / Chile

After reaching the final three times, without going on to win unfortunately, France will have an opportunity to play its matches on home ground and hopefully emerge as the winner this time! The France team, led by its captain, Antoine Dupont, will have its work cut out to knock out three-time-world-champions New Zealand.

How the competition will play out

For those who are unfamiliar with the sport, here is how the teams will make their way towards the final and a chance of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup!

Each team will take on the other teams in its pool as they fight it out to reach the quarter-finals.
At the quarter-finals stage, each winner of its pool will play against the runner-up from another pool. 
The four winners of these quarter-finals will then play in the semi-finals, which is the last stage before the final. 
The final will be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, where we all hope to see our favourite players!

Extra info

We are honoured to host New Zealand’s team, by the latest on the 4th of September 2023, which have chosen Lyon as its base of operations! The players will train using the facilities at the LOU Rugby club and the Plaine des Jeux pitches in Gerland. Start practising your haka.

As we await the arrival of this fantastic sporting event, let’s learn some rugby songs and prepare the face paints!
We hope you will turn out in force and full of energy to support your favourite team.

Do you have any questions about the organisation of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in the Lyon metropolitan area? Please don’t hesitate to contact us via this form
Or visit https://www.economie.gouv.fr/dgccrf/faq-rugby-world-cup-2023-and-jo-2024

Are you staying in a motorhome?

Download the parking regulations for motorhomes during the Rugby World Cup.
This area is reserved for ticket holders travelling by motorhome.

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Rugby World Cup 2023

10 avenue Simone Veil - 69150 Décines-Charpieu

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I go by alternative transportation

Public transit

Metro A direction Vaulx-en-Velin, to the terminus (with a TCL ticket) then shuttle bus.

FAQ Rugby World Cup France 2023 in Lyon

Frequently asked questions to help you make the most of the event

Is there a fan zone in Lyon for the Rugby World Cup?

A rugby village will be set up on Place Bellecour. On the programme: a host of sporting, festive, cultural and educational events. So you can feel the atmosphere and take part in the rugby festival!
Find out more about the Lyon Rugby Village.

Where can I watch match broadcasts in Lyon ?

The French national team matches will be broadcast at the Palais des Sports de Gerland, with registration required. You can also watch the matches in a number of bars. Click here for the list of venues where matches will be broadcast in the Lyon area.

Are there special shuttle buses to the OL Stadium?

Exactly! On match days, direct-access shuttle buses will be available to take you to the OL Stadium: special fare excluding TCL at €5 return. You can buy this ticket online at www.france2023.ol.fr or at the Tourist Office on Place Bellecour on match nights and days.
GOOD TO KNOW: Shuttles will be available 3 hours before the start of each match and until 1.30am/2am for the return journey.

Match du lou Rugby au Matmut Stadium © Coppa Drone / Matmut Stadium


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