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Rugby World Cup 2023: Preview

Published on September 12, 2023
Updated on November 6, 2023
Written by Chris

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Rugby World Cup 2023: Preview

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be the 10th edition of the men’s Rugby World Cup. The competition takes place every four years. France are the host nation, for the third time, with the tournament scheduled to take place from September 8 until October 28.  There will be nine venues across the country, with the opening match and final will taking place at the Stade de France, in Paris. The teams compete for the Webb Ellis trophy and the 2023 tournament will take place in the bicentenary year of the invention of the sport by William Webb Ellis.

The defending champions are South Africa, who defeated England 32–12 in the 2019 final. Chile will make its first ever appearance at the Rugby World Cup, and Portugal will return for its second appearance, after 16 years.

Hosts France, ranked second in the world are among the favourites to win, along with the side who currently top the world rankings, Six Nations Champions Ireland. New Zealand are thought, as ever, to have a good chance. This might not be the best side that the All Blacks have ever turned out, but they are a solid, pragmatic team who can usually find a way to win. England have had a difficult build up, as have Australia. Scotland have made recent progress but a win for them, or for Wales, who have had their problems would come as a surprise. The team to watch could be the holders South Africa. They play an exciting brand of rugby and have been in great form heading into the tournament.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives. Editorial Promise