How to get last-minute tickets to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France
20 countries, 48 matches, everything on the line. Will it be a home nation victory at this year's tournament, or will the southern hemisphere take the trophy once again? Here's how you can get tickets to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
It’s time to get the rugby ruckus going once again, because the 2023 World Cup is now underway.
Over the next few weeks, 20 countries are going head to head over 48 matches, with the chance for World Cup glory in touching distance.
This year's tournament is looking like the most competitive yet, with shocking wins and surprise contenders already making waves in the group stage.
Hosts France are definitely looking to end the Southern hemisphere’s monopoly on the competition, and with that opening win against New Zealand they're well on their way. As are world number one Ireland, who recently cinched a victory against South Africa.
This year's is the 10th World Cup in rugby history, and last time around, South Africa claimed the title after they beat England in a heart-breaking final at Japan’s Yokohama Stadium. This was the third time the Springboks had won the tournament, pulling them equal with the All Blacks as the most successful sides in competition history.
The first World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand in 1987, with 16 nations taking part and an average attendance of 20,000 fans. Now, France is expecting more than 600,000 visitors to pour into its stadiums for this epic two-month tournament.
Want to be one of them? Well, we’ve saved the best news till last, because tickets to the 2023 World Cup are still available.
The rugby fans at RadioTimes.com have tackled the task of putting together a guide to how to get tickets to this year’s competition. We’ve included all the dates and information you need, including list of fixtures for the four home nations, as well as instructions on the best ways to get to France and how to grab yourself a last-minute spot.
You’ll want to prop-ose to us by the time you read all of this, so here’s everything you need to know.
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- Is the Rugby World Cup sold out?
- How to get tickets to the Rugby World Cup
- How much do tickets cost?
- When and where is the Rugby World Cup?
- When are England playing?
- When are Scotland playing?
- When are Wales playing?
- When are Ireland playing?
- How to get to France
A record 2.6 million tickets were made available for this World Cup, which went on sale in several phases between March 2021 and April 2022.
Unsurprisingly, the quarter, semi-finals and final were the first to sell out on the official channels, with many of the high-profile group matches following soon after. Currently, the Rugby World Cup website has limited spaces available, but never fear we’ve got another option for you to full-back on.
As we’ve said, you can still buy a small number of tickets from the official Rugby World Cup website. But, if you want the option of getting a ticket to all 48 matches, including the final, we would recommend looking at hospitality sites like Daimani.com.
The original World Cup prices ranged between 10€ and 300€ for the pool phase and 75€ to 950€ for the final rounds.
For resale sites, the prices are always going to start higher, but will still vary depending on the match and for hospitality, the price is obviously going to skyrocket.
Daimani's prices cost anywhere between £440 and £1,101. But with the hospitality tickets, you can get special parking, access to the lounges, complimentary food and drink and even the chance to talk to a famous rugby expert.
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The Rugby World Cup will run from the 8th September to the 28th October 2023.
The group stages will take up the first month – from the 8th September to the 8th October – then it’s onto the quarter and semi-finals with the grand final taking place on the 28th at 9pm CET.
The host for this year’s tournament is France, who last welcomed the nations to the World Cup in 2007. Their selection was decided by a vote from the Rugby World Council after a process of bids.
The two-month competition will be spread across nine cities in France all the way from the arts and culture of Lille to the bustling ports of Marseille. The venues range from the 33,000 Stadium de Toulouse to the historic Stade de France, with nearly 81,000 seats and 97 men’s test matches to its name. Here is the full list of venues for the tournament:
- Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
- Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille
- OL Stadium, Lyon
- Stade de Marseille, Marseille
- Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
- Stade de Nice, Nice
- Stade de France, Paris
- Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne
- Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
England are the only ever northern hemisphere side to win the Rugby World Cup (in 2003). This year, they're in Pool D and have already claimed three victories against Argentina, Japan and Chile, here's the details for their last match:
- England vs Samoa | 7th October 2023 – Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Scotland are playing in Pool B for their 10th Rugby World Cup. Their matches started with a loss against South Africa but there's still time to bring it back after their second match against Tonga:
- Scotland vs Romania | 30th Sep 2023 – Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
- Scotland vs Ireland | 7th Oct 2023 – Stade de France, Paris
When are Wales playing in the Rugby World Cup?
Wales have reached the World Cup semi-final on three occasions, coming in third after a match against Australia in 1987. For this year's tournament, they're already three for three, so here's what's left for them:
- Wales vs Georgia | 7th October 2023 – Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
When are Ireland playing in the Rugby World Cup?
Ireland are coming off their incredible Grand Slam win in the Six Nations and will be looking to make history in this year’s tournament. Their matches in Pool B have been unbelievably exciting so far, here's what's left:
- Ireland vs Scotland | 7th October 2023 – Stade de France, Paris
Getting to France can be as easy as pie (or should we say quiche?) as long as you know all the different routes and options available.
For instance, if you’re heading to a match in one of the northern cities, like Paris or Lille, the easiest way would be to jump on the Eurostar which can take you directly there for a minimum of £78. From there you can also use France’s extensive TGV network to get to Lyon, Marseille or Nice.
You can also choose to drive by booking your car onto the Eurotunnel or ferry from Dover to Calais for roughly £65 to £85 – just remember to switch over to the other side of the road when you get there.
Lastly for cities like Toulouse and Bordeaux, your best bet is to fly as the journey will only take around 90 minutes and can sometimes cost you just £30.
So, to get the best price for your journey, whether it be with plane, train or automobile, we recommend checking out Expedia, Trainline.com, and Direct Ferries, who will all have a range of options and prices for you to explore.