— Published 13 May 2022

Les Bleus to land in Rueil-Malmaison

France 2023

The big manoeuvres have begun for the teams qualified for next year’s Rugby World Cup in France (8 September to 28 October 2023). Two of the favourite countries for the title, France and South Africa, have announced their base camps. Les Bleus will take up residence in Rueil-Malmaison (Hauts-de-Seine), in the western suburbs of Paris. They will play their first match of the competition against the All Blacks at the Stade de France, before travelling to Lille, Marseille and Lyon. South Africa, the reigning world champions, will be based in a hotel in La Seyne-sur-Mer (Var). They will use the Félix-Mayol stadium and the facilities of RC Toulon for training. New Zealand will be based in Lyon, where they will use the facilities of the LOU and the Gerland playground. England have chosen Le Touquet (Nord), not far from the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille, where they are due to play two matches. Scotland will head south to Nice. Wales have opted for Versailles. Australia have chosen to base themselves in Saint-Etienne, where they will play two matches at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium. The same strategy applies to Argentina, who are based in La Baule (Loire-Atlantique), near the Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, the venue for two of their group stage matches. Ireland, Italy and Japan have not yet announced the location of their base camp.