As expected for several weeks, the 2023 World Cup, organized in France, will open well with a dream poster between the Blues and the All Blacks Claude Atcher, director of the 2023 World Cup confirmed this Friday, revealing the entire calendar
Even before the draw for the pools, the manager hoped that the two teams would be in the same group to be able to start this competition with the most legendary match in the history of the World Cups “Personally, I would love a France – New Zealand, he explained. It would be an event that the top two teams play the first game”
After a long reflection, Fabien Galthié had also stated his desire to see his team face the All Blacks in the opening match The coach’s idea is to attack the competition hard and then rotate his squad for the next three weeks.
“I already have chills, how can we not imagine that these two teams do not face each other in the opening match,” Atcher added on Friday “It’s necessarily a dream match, this competition is separate, so in addition against the All Blacks, it has no equal, testified the captain of the Blues, Charles Ollivon Playing this competition at home, it adds emotion for players and supporters, waiting around the team”
Les Bleus will play their second group match in Lille (September 14), their third match in Marseille (September 21) and their fourth, against Italy, in Lyon (October 6)
Note also that if the Quinze de France manages to get out of its pool, it will play its quarter-final at the Stade de France (October 14 or 15), whether it finishes first or second The two quarters opposing the qualified teams of Pool A (that of the Blues and All Blacks) and Pool B (including South Africa, Ireland and Scotland) will indeed take place in Saint-Denis The other two quarters, where the formations of groups C (Wales, Australia, Fiji in particular) and D (England, Japan, Argentina) will meet, will take place at the Stade Vélodrome, in Marseille.
The semi-finals (20 and 21 October), the match for third place (27 October) and the final will take place at the Stade de France In addition, World Rugby announced this week a series of measures to preserve the health of players during the competition, such as the extension of the rest periods between matches (five days minimum) The competition has therefore gained an additional week and will no longer end on October 21 but on October 28, date of the final.
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