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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 15: The Webb Ellis Cup after the annoucement that France will host Rugby World Cup 2023 during the Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Decision at the Royal Garden Hotel on November 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Rogers – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

That year, the Rugby World Cup will be held in France, and so in Nantes! The metropolis is one of the nine host cities that make up the French application for this major event on the world rugby stage. All rugby fans, and rugby culture in general, are ready.

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Bill Beaumont, (L) the World Rugby chairman, shakes hands with FFR President Bernard Laporte. (Photo by Dave Rogers – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Rugby culture spreads throughout the west of France. Nantes in particular remembers one of the rare times the All Blacks were defeated by France, in 1986, but there were also the 2007 World Cup matches which saw the national teams of England, Samoa, Wales, Canada and Fiji tearing up the pitch of the Beaujoire stadium. The fervour still rings with fans and visitors alike from around the world.

For the 2nd time in history, in September and October 2023, the Rugby World Cup will take place partly in Nantes, host city chosen by the French Rugby Federation (FFR), the only city in the West! On November 15, when the French candidacy was chosen by the World Rugby council, a strong wave of enthusiasm washed over Nantes, and into the Pays de la Loire. Indeed, in addition to games played in Nantes, it is planned to host teams in several base camps in Loire-Atlantique and Vendée: La Baule, Saint-Nazaire and Sables-d’Olonne.


International rugby has a date in Nantes in 2023