The France national rugby team have competed in all the Rugby World Cup tournaments. They are one of five teams who have played in the final match, having done so three times (1987, 1999, 2011), losing and finishing second in the tournament each time. They have made it to at least the quarter-finals at every tournament.

France hosted the 2007 tournament, and co-hosted the 1991 competition with Ireland and the United Kingdom. They also hosted some matches of the 1999 event, where the main host was Wales. France will host again in 2023.

France playing Argentina during the 2007 Rugby World Cup tournament
France playing Argentina during the 2007 Rugby World Cup tournament

By position

Rugby World Cup
Year Round Pld W D L PF PA Squad
New Zealand Australia 1987 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 215 113 Squad
England France Ireland Scotland Wales 1991 Quarter-finals 4 3 0 1 92 44 Squad
South Africa 1995 Third Place 6 5 0 1 184 87 Squad
Wales 1999 Runners-up 6 5 0 1 210 144 Squad
Australia 2003 Fourth Place 7 5 0 2 267 155 Squad
France 2007 Fourth Place 7 4 0 3 227 103 Squad
New Zealand 2011 Runners-up 7 4 0 3 159 124 Squad
England 2015 Quarter-finals 5 3 0 2 133 125 Squad
Japan 2019 Quarter-finals 4 3 0 1 98 71 Squad
France 2023
Total Runners-up 52 36 1 15 1585 966
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place

By matches

1987

Main article: 1987 Rugby World Cup

Pool
P W D L PF PA tries Pts
 France 3 2 1 0 145 44 25 5
 Scotland 3 2 1 0 135 69 22 5
 Romania 3 1 0 2 61 130 5 2
 Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3 53 151 5 0
23 May 1987
France  20–20  Scotland
Tries: Sella
Berbizier
Blanco
Con: Blanco
Pen: Blanco (2)
Tries: White
Duncan
Pen: Hastings (4)
Lancaster Park, Christchurch
Referee: Fred Howard England

28 May 1987
France  55–12  Romania
Tries: Lagisquet (2)
Charvet (2)
Sella
Andrieu
Camberabero
Erbani
Laporte
Con: Laporte (8)
Pen: Laporte
Pen: Bezuscu (4)
Athletic Park, Wellington
Referee: Bob Fordham Australia

2 June 1987
France  70–12  Zimbabwe
Tries: Modin (3)
Camberabero (3)
Charvet (2)
Rodriguez (2)
Durboca
Estève
Laporte
Con: Camberabero (9)
Try: Kaulbach
Con: Grobler
Pen: Grobler (2)

Knock-out stages
Quarter-final
7 June 1987
Fiji  16–31  France
Tries: Qoro
Damu
Con: Koroduadua
Pen: Koroduadua (2)
Tries: Rodriguez (2)
Lorieux
Lagisquet
Con: Laporte (3)
Pen: Laporte (2)
Drop: Laporte

Semi-final
13 June 1987
Australia  24–30  France
Tries: Campese
Codey
Con: Lynagh (2)
Pen: Lynagh (3)
Drop: Lynagh
Tries: Lorieux
Sella
Lagisquet
Blanco
Con: Camberabero (4)
Pen: Camberabero (2)
Concord Oval, Sydney
Attendance: 17,768
Referee: Brian Anderson Scotland

Final
20 June 1987
New Zealand  29–9  France
Tries: Jones
Kirk
Kirwan
Con: Fox
Pen: Fox (4)
Drop: Fox
Try: Berbizier
Con: Camberabero
Pen: Camberabero
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald Australia


1991

Main article: 1991 Rugby World Cup

Pool
P W D L PF PA Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 82 25 6
 Canada 3 2 0 1 45 33 4
 Romania 3 1 0 2 31 64 2
 Fiji 3 0 0 3 27 63 0
4 October 1991
France  30–3  Romania
Tries: Roumat, Lafond, Penalty Try, Saint-André
Con: Camberabero
Pen: Camberabero (4)
Pen: Nichitean

8 October 1991
France  33–9  Fiji
Tries: Lafond (3), Sella (2), Camberabero
Con: Camberabero (3)
Pen: Camberabero
Tries: Naruma
Con: Koroduadua
Pen: Koroduadua

13 October 1991
France  19–13  Canada
Tries: Lafond, Saint-André
Con: Camberabero
Pen: Lacroix (2), Camberabero
Tries: Wyatt
Pen: Wyatt, Rees
Drop: Rees

Knock-out stages
Quarter-final
19 October 1991
France  10–19  England
Tries: Lafond
Pen: Lacroix (2)
Tries: Underwood, Carling
Con: Webb
Pen: Webb (3)


1995

Main article: 1995 Rugby World Cup

Pool
P W D L PF PA Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 114 47 9
 Scotland 3 2 0 1 149 27 7
 Tonga 3 1 0 2 44 90 5
 Ivory Coast 3 0 0 3 29 172 3
26 May 1995
France  38–10  Tonga
Tries: Thierry Lacroix (2), Aubin Hueber, Philippe Saint-André
Con: Thierry Lacroix (3)
Pen: Thierry Lacroix (3)
Drop: Yann Delaigue
Tries: Tevita Vaʻenuku
Con: Sateki Tu'ipulotu
Pen: Sateki Tu'ipulotu
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 25 000
Referee: Steve Lander England

30 May 1995
France  54–18  Ivory Coast
Tries: Thierry Lacroix (2), Abdelatif Benazzi, William Téchoueyres, Sébastien Viars, Guy Accoceberry, Philippe Saint-André, Arnaud Costes
Con: Christophe Deylaud (2), Thierry Lacroix (2)
Pen: Thierry Lacroix (2)
Tries: Aboubacar Soulama, Aboubakar Camara
Con: Victor Kouassi
Pen: Victor Kouassi (2)
Olympia Park, Rustenburg
Attendance: 17 000
Referee: Han Moon-Soo South Korea

3 June 1995
France  22–19  Scotland
Tries: Émile Ntamack
Con: Thierry Lacroix
Pen: Thierry Lacroix (5)
Tries: Rob Wainwright
Con: Gavin Hastings
Pen: Gavin Hastings (4)
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 40 000
Referee: Wayne Erickson Australia
Knock-out stages
Quarter-final
1995-06-10
France  36–12  Ireland
Tries: Philippe Saint-Andre, Émile Ntamack
Con: Thierry Lacroix
Pen: Thierry Lacroix (8)
Pen: Eric Elwood (4)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 18 000
Referee: Ed Morrison England

Semi-final
17 June 1995
South Africa  19–15  France
Tries: Ruben Kruger
Con: Joel Stransky
Pen: Joel Stransky (4)
Pen: Thierry Lacroix (5)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 50 000 (capacity)
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales

Third-place play-off
22 June 1995
France  19–9  England
Tries: Olivier Roumat, Émile Ntamack
Pens: Thierry Lacroix (3)
Pens: Rob Andrew (3)
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Dave Bishop New Zealand


1999

Main article: 1999 Rugby World Cup

Pool
P W D L PF PA Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 108 52 9
 Fiji 3 2 0 1 124 68 7
 Canada 3 1 0 2 114 82 5
 Namibia 3 0 0 3 42 186 3
1999-10-02
France  33–20  Canada
Tries: Émile Ntamack, Stéphane Glas, Thomas Castaignède, Olivier Magne
Con: Richard Dourthe (2)
Pen: Richard Dourthe (3)
Tries: Morgan Williams (2)
Con: Robert Ross, Gareth Rees
Pen: Robert Ross, Gareth Rees
Stade de la Méditerranée, Béziers
Referee: Brian Campsall England

1999-10-08
France  47–13  Namibia
Tries: Ugo Mola (3), Émile Ntamack, Richard Dourthe, Pierre Mignoni, Philippe Bernat-Salles
Con: Richard Dourthe (4)
Pen: Richard Dourthe (3)
Tries: Arthur Samuelson
Con: Leandre Van Dyk
Pen: Leandre Van Dyk (2)

1999-10-16
France  28–19  Fiji
Tries: Christophe Juillet, Christophe Dominici
Con: Richard Dourthe (2)
Pen: Richard Dourthe (2), Christophe Lamaison
Tries: Alfred Uluinayau
Con: Nicky Little
Pen: Nicky Little (4)

Knock-out stages
Quarter-final
1999-10-24
France  47–26  Argentina
Tries: Xavier Garbajosa (2),
Philippe Bernat-Salles (2), Émile Ntamack
Con: Christophe Lamaison (5)
Pen: Christophe Lamaison (4)
Tries: Agustín Pichot, Lisandro Arbizu
Con: Gonzalo Quesada (2)
Pen: Gonzalo Quesada (3), Felipe Contepomi
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales

Semi-final
1999-10-31
New Zealand  31–43  France
Tries: Jonah Lomu (2), Jeff Wilson
Con: Andrew Mehrtens (2)
Pen: Andrew Mehrtens (4)
Tries:Christophe Lamaison, Christophe Dominici, Richard Dourthe, Philippe Bernat-Salles
Con: Christophe Lamaison (4)
Pen: Christophe Lamaison (3)
Drop: Christophe Lamaison (2)
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Jim Fleming Scotland

Final
1999-11-06
Australia  35–12  France
Tries: Ben Tune, Owen Finegan

Con: Matthew Burke (2)
Pen: Matthew Burke (7)

Pen: Christophe Lamaison (4)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,500
Referee: André Watson South Africa


2003

Main article: 2003 Rugby World Cup

Pool
Pld W D L PF PA BP Pts
 France 4 4 0 0 204 70 4 20
 Scotland 4 3 0 1 102 97 2 14
 Fiji 4 2 0 2 98 114 2 10
 United States 4 1 0 3 86 125 2 6
 Japan 4 0 0 4 79 163 0 0
2003-10-11
France  61–18  Fiji
Tries: Dominici (2), Harinordoquy, Jauzion (3), Ibañez
Con: Michalak (4)
Pen: Michalak (6)
Tries: Naevo, Caucaunibuca
Con: Little
Pen: Little (2)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 46,795
Referee: Alain Rolland Republic of Ireland

2003-10-18
France  51–29  Japan
Tries: Michalak, Rougerie (2), Pelous, Dominici, Crenca
Con: Michalak (5), Merceron
Pen: Michalak (3)
Tries: Konia, Ohata
Con: Kurihara (2)
Pen: Kurihara (5)
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 21,309
Referee: Alan Lewis Republic of Ireland

2003-10-25
France  51–9  Scotland
Tries: Betsen, Harinordoquy, Michalak, Galthié, Brusque
Con: Michalak (3), Merceron
Pen: Michalak (4)
Drop: Michalak, Brusque
Pen: Paterson (3)
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 78,974
Referee: David McHugh Republic of Ireland

2003-10-31
France  41–14  United States
Tries: Liebenberg (3), Poux, Bru
Con: Merceron (2)
Pen: Merceron (3)
Drop: Yachvili
Tries: Hercus, Schubert
Con: Hercus (2)
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Attendance: 17,833
Referee: Paul Honiss New Zealand

Knock-out stages
Quarter-final
2003-11-09
France  43–21 Ireland 
Tries: Magne 3' c
Dominici 29' c
Harinordoquy 33' c
Crenca 47' c
Con: Michalak (4)
Pen: Michalak (5)
Tries: Maggs 52' c
O'Driscoll (2) 65' c, 80+2' c
Con: Humphreys (3)
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 33,134
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan South Africa

Semi-final
2003-11-16
France  7–24  England
Try: Betsen 10' c
Con: Michalak
Pen: Wilkinson (5)
Drop: Wilkinson (3) 9', 38', 58'
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 82,346
Referee: Paddy O'Brien New Zealand

Third-place play-off
2003-11-20
New Zealand  40–13  France
Tries: Jack 12' c
Howlett 20' c
Rokocoko 51' c
Thorn 54' c
Muliaina 58' c
Holah m
Con: MacDonald
Carter (4)
Try: Elhorga 42' c
Con: Yachvili
Pen: Yachvili
Drop: Yachvili
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 62,712
Referee: Chris White England


2007

Main article: 2007 Rugby World Cup

Pool

Main article: 2007 Rugby World Cup – Pool D

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Argentina 4 4 0 0 16 143 33 +110 2 18
 France 4 3 0 1 24 188 37 +151 3 15
 Ireland 4 2 0 2 9 64 82 −18 1 9
 Georgia 4 1 0 3 5 50 111 −61 1 5
 Namibia 4 0 0 4 3 30 212 −182 0 0
7 September 2007
21:00
France  12–17  Argentina
Pen: Skrela (4/5) 7', 31', 40+', 60' Report Try: Corleto 27' m
Pen: F. Contepomi (4/6) 5', 10', 24', 34'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,312
Referee: Tony Spreadbury England

16 September 2007
21:00
France  87–10  Namibia
Tries: Heymans 7' m
Marty 11' c
Dusautoir 21' c
Nallet (2) 32' c, 40+' c
Clerc (3) 38' c, 59' c, 65' c
Bonnaire 47' c
Chabal (2) 49' c, 54' c
Elissalde 56' c
Ibañez 75' m
Con: Elissalde (11/13)
Report Try: Langenhoven 79' c
Con: Losper (1/1)
Drop: Wessels (1/1) 10'
Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
Attendance: 35,339
Referee: Alain Rolland Republic of Ireland

21 September 2007
21:00
France  25–3 Ireland 
Tries: Clerc (2) 59' m, 69' m
Pen: Elissalde (5/6) 7', 18', 22', 40+', 55'
Report Drop: O'Gara (1/1) 37'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 80,267
Referee: Chris White England

30 September 2007
15:00
France  64–7  Georgia
Tries: Poitrenaud 6' c
Nyanga 30' c
Beauxis 37' c
Dominici (2) 45' m, 57' m
Bruno 52' c
Nallet 63' c
Martin 67' m
Bonnaire 80' m
Con: Beauxis (5/9)
Pen: Beauxis (3/3) 4', 18', 24'
Report Try: Z. Maissuradze 72' c
Con: Urjukashvili (1/1)
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 58,695
Referee: Alan Lewis Republic of Ireland
Knock-out stages
Quarter-final
6 October 2007
21:00
New Zealand  18–20  France
Tries: McAlister 17' c
So'oialo 63' m
Con: Carter (1/1)
Pen: Carter (2/2) 14', 31'
Report Tries: Dusautoir 54' c
Jauzion 69' c
Con: Beauxis (1/1)
Élissalde (1/1)
Pen: Beauxis (2/3) 40+', 46'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 71,669
Referee: Wayne Barnes England

Semi-final
13 October 2007
21:00
England  14–9  France
Try: Lewsey 2' m
Pen: Wilkinson (2/3) 47', 75'
Drop: Wilkinson (1/4) 78'
Report Pen: Beauxis (3/3) 8', 18', 44'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 80,283
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan South Africa

Bronze final
19 October 2007
21:00
France  10–34  Argentina
Try: Poitrenaud 69' c
Con: Beauxis (1/1)
Pen: Élissalde (1/1) 18'
Report Tries: F. Contepomi (2) 28' c, 77' c
Hasan Jalil 32' c
Martín Aramburú 53' m
Corleto 65' m
Con: F. Contepomi (3/5)
Pen: F. Contepomi (1/1) 21'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,958
Referee: Paul Honiss New Zealand


2011

Main article: 2011 Rugby World Cup

Pool
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 New Zealand 4 4 0 0 36 240 49 +191 4 20
 France 4 2 0 2 13 124 96 +28 3 11
 Tonga 4 2 0 2 7 80 98 −18 1 9
 Canada 4 1 1 2 9 82 168 −86 0 6
 Japan 4 0 1 3 8 69 184 −115 0 2
10 September 2011
18:00
France  47–21  Japan
Try: Pierre 5' c
Trinh-Duc 12' c
Clerc 34' m
Nallet 71' c
Papé 77' c
Parra 80+' m
Con: Yachvili (4/6)
Pen: Yachvili (3/3) 21', 28', 67'
Report Try: Arlidge (2) 31' m, 49' c
Con: Arlidge (1/2)
Pen: Arlidge (3/3) 18', 40', 58'

18 September 2011
20:30
France  46–19  Canada
Try: Clerc (3) 4' c, 79' c, 80+' c
Traille 64' c
Con: Parra (4/4)
Pen: Parra (5/6) 17', 37', 39', 40+', 48'
Drop: Trinh-Duc 57'
Report Try: Smith 7' c
Con: Pritchard (1/1)
Pen: Pritchard (2/4) 3', 60'
Drop: Monro (2) 44', 49'
McLean Park, Napier
Attendance: 14,230
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

24 September 2011
20:30
New Zealand  37–17  France
Try: Thomson 10' m
Jane 17' c
Dagg (2) 21', 42' c
S. Williams 77' m
Con: Carter (3/5)
Pen: Carter (1/1) 48'
Drop: Carter (1/1) 64'
Report Try: Mermoz 54' c
Trinh-Duc 76' c
Con: Yachvili (2/2)
Pen: Yachvili (1/1) 39'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 60,856
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

1 October 2011
18:00
France  14–19  Tonga
Try: Clerc 80+' m
Pen: Yachvili (3/3) 2', 23', 50'
Report Try: Hufanga 26' c
Con: Morath (1/1)
Pen: Morath (4/8) 7', 36', 67', 73'
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 32,763
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

Knock-out stages
Quarter-final
8 October 2011
20:30 NZDT (UTC+13)
England  12–19  France
Try: Foden 55' c
Cueto 77' m
Con: Wilkinson (1/2)
Try: Clerc 22' m
Médard 31' m
Pen: Yachvili (2/3) 11', 16'
Drop: Trinh-Duc (1/1) 73'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 49,105
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

Semi-final
15 October 2011
21:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
Wales  8–9  France
Try: Phillips 58' m
Pen: Hook (1/3) 8'
Report Pen: Parra (3/3) 22', 35', 51'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 58,630
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Final
23 October 2011
21:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
France  7–8  New Zealand
Try: Dusautoir 47' c
Con: Trinh-Duc (1/1)
Report Try: Woodcock 15' m
Pen: Donald (1/1) 46'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 61,079
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)


2015

Main article: 2015 Rugby World Cup

Pool Stage

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Ireland 4 4 0 0 16 134 35 +99 2 18
 France 4 3 0 1 12 120 63 +57 2 14
 Italy 4 2 0 2 7 74 88 –14 2 10
 Romania 4 1 0 3 7 60 129 –69 0 4
 Canada 4 0 0 4 7 58 131 –73 2 2
19 September 2015 France  32–10  Italy Twickenham Stadium, London
23 September 2015 France  38–11  Romania Olympic Stadium, London
1 October 2015 France  41–18  Canada Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
11 October 2015 France  9–24  Ireland Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Quarter final

17 October 2015
20:00 BST (UTC+01)
New Zealand  62–13  France
Try: Retallick 11' c
Milner-Skudder 23' c
Savea (3) 29' c, 38' m, 59' c
Kaino 50' m
Read 64' c
Kerr-Barlow (2) 68' c, 71' c
Con: Carter (7/9) 12', 25', 31', 60', 65', 68', 72'
Pen: Carter (1/1) 7'
Report Try: Picamoles 36' c
Con: Parra (1/1) 37'
Pen: Spedding (1/1) 9'
Parra (1/2) 15'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 71,619
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)


2019

Main article: 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 England 4 3 1 0 17 119 20 +99 3 17
 France 4 3 1 0 9 79 51 +28 1 15
 Argentina 4 2 0 2 14 106 91 +15 3 11
 Tonga 4 1 0 3 9 67 105 −38 2 6
 United States 4 0 0 4 7 52 156 −104 0 0


21 September 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
France  23–21  Argentina (1 BP)
Try: Fickou 18' c
Dupont 22' c
Con: Ntamack (2/2) 19', 23'
Pen: Ntamack (2/3) 30', 40+1'
Drop: Lopez (1/1) 70'
Report Try: Petti 42' c
Montoya 54' m
Con: Sánchez (1/2) 43'
Pen: Sánchez (1/1) 15'
Urdapilleta (2/2) 61', 69'
Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
Attendance: 40,004
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)

2 October 2019
16:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) France  33–9  United States
Try: Huget 6' c
Raka 24' m
Fickou 67' c
Serin 70' c
Poirot 79' c
Con: Ramos (1/2) 8'
Lopez (3/3) 68', 71', 80'+1
Report Pen: MacGinty (3/3) 19', 31', 65'

6 October 2019
16:45 JST (UTC+09)
France  23–21  Tonga (1 BP)
Try: Vakatawa 6' c
Raka 32' c
Con: Ntamack (2/2) 7', 34'
Pen: Ntamack (3/4) 4', 52', 60'
Report Try: Takulua 40' c
Hingano 47' c
Kapeli 79' c
Con: Takulua (2/2) 40'+1, 49'
Fosita (1/1) 80'
Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto
Attendance: 28,477
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)

12 October 2019
17:15 JST (UTC+09)
England  0–0
(Cancelled)
 France

Notes:


Quarter-final

20 October 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
Wales  20–19  France
Try: Wainwright 12' c
Moriarty 74' c
Con: Biggar (2/2) 13', 75'
Pen: Biggar (2/2) 20', 54'
Report Try: Vahaamahina 5' m
Ollivon 8' c
Vakatawa 31' c
Con: Ntamack (2/3) 9', 32'
Ōita Stadium, Ōita
Attendance: 34,426
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

Hosting

Main article: Rugby World Cup hosts

The Eiffel Tower in Paris decorated with a giant rugby ball for the 2007 Rugby World Cup
The Eiffel Tower in Paris decorated with a giant rugby ball for the 2007 Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is held every four years, and tends to alternate between the northern and southern hemispheres. Every northern hemisphere tournament so far has been held in Europe, and in general, France usually hosts some games when it is held there.

1991 Rugby World Cup

England was main host in 1991, but other countries hosted some matches. France hosted Pool D, and two of the quarter-finals.

The following French stadiums were used (quarter final locations emboldened).

City Stadium Capacity
Paris Parc des Princes 48,712
Toulouse Stade Ernest-Wallon 19,000
Villeneuve d'Ascq Stadium Lille-Metropole 18,185
Béziers Stade de la Méditerranée 18,000
Brive Parc Municipal des Sports 16,000
Grenoble Stade Lesdiguières 14,000
Agen Stade Armandie 14,000
Bayonne Stade Jean Dauger 13,500

1999 Rugby World Cup

Wales was main host in 1999. Pool C games were hosted in France.

The following French stadiums were used (quarter final locations emboldened).

Venues
City Stadium Capacity
St-Denis Stade de France 80,000
Lens Stade Félix Bollaert 41,800
Bordeaux Parc Lescure 34,327
Toulouse Stade de Toulouse 27,000
Béziers Stade de la Méditerranée 25,000

2007 Rugby World Cup

France was main host for the 2007 RWC. Some games were also held in Scotland and Wales.

It was announced in April 2003 that France had won the right to host the tournament.[2] The tournament was moved to the proposed September–October dates with the tournament structure remaining as it was.[2] It was also announced that ten French cities would be hosting games, with the final at the Stade de France.[2] French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said that "this decision illustrates the qualities of our country and its capacity to host major sporting events...This World Cup will be the opportunity to showcase the regions of France where the wonderful sport of rugby is deeply rooted".[2] French Sports Minister Jean-François Lamour said that "The organisation of this World Cup will shine over all of France because ten French towns have the privilege of organising matches and to be in the world's spotlight."[2] French cities to host games are Bordeaux, Lens, Lyon, Marseilles, Montpellier, Nantes, St. Etienne, Toulouse and Paris, and it was also announced that the final would be at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.[2]

There was a substantial increase in the overall capacity of stadiums compared to the 2003 Rugby World Cup, as the smallest venue at the 2007 tournament will be 33,900. France won the right to host the event in 2003. Three matches were played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, two Pool B games that featured Wales and as well as a quarter-final. Two Pool C matches were held at Edinburgh's Murrayfield. Ireland were also offered to host matches at Lansdowne Road in Dublin, but had to decline the offer as construction work was scheduled to begin on the stadium.[3] The semifinals and final were held at Stade de France, Saint-Denis.

The following stadiums were used (finals locations emboldened).

City Country Stadium Capacity Further reading
Saint-Denis France Stade de France 80,000 Overview
Marseille France Stade Vélodrome 59,500 Overview
Paris France Parc des Princes 47,870 Overview
Lens France Stade Félix-Bollaert 41,400 Overview
Lyon France Stade de Gerland 41,100 Overview
Nantes France Stade de la Beaujoire 38,100 Overview
Toulouse France Stadium de Toulouse 35,700 Overview
Saint-Étienne France Stade Geoffroy-Guichard 35,650 Overview
Bordeaux France Stade Chaban-Delmas 34,440 Overview
Montpellier France Stade de la Mosson 33,900 Overview

2023 Rugby World Cup

France will host the Rugby World Cup outright for the second time in 2023, however, hosting for the fourth time in total.

Portrayal on screen

France can be seen playing South Africa in the feature film Invictus based on the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

References

  1. ^ "Typhoon Hagibis impact on Rugby World Cup 2019 matches". Rugby World Cup. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "France wins right to host 2007 Rugby World Cup". rugby.com.au. 11 April 2003. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2006.
  3. ^ "Scotland looks to give up World cup matches at Murrayfield". worldcupweb.com. Retrieved 7 May 2006.[permanent dead link]

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