Hosts France will take on favourites New Zealand in the most eagerly anticipated Rugby World Cup opening match of all time.
The Pool A clash will be the eighth time the sides have met at the World Cup – a record – with the All Blacks having been victorious five times, while Les Bleus have triumphed twice.
New Zealand are the most decorated World Cup side with three titles and one runners-up finish, while the French have never won the trophy and are joint (with England) top runners-up, having lost in the final three times (twice to New Zealand).
France are second favourites this year and will be desperate to break their duck on home soil. Their pool also includes Italy, Uruguay and Namibia.
When is it?
France will play New Zealand on Friday, September 8, with the match kicking off at 8.15pm BST (9.15pm local time).
Where is it?
At the legendary Stade de France, which was built for the 1998 football World Cup, memorably won by the hosts, and has also become home for the nation’s rugby team. It has hosted 97 men’s Test matches, including the 2srcsrc7 World Cup final and a quarter-final in 1999.
Stade de France will host 1src matches at RWC 2src23, including both semi-finals, the ‘bronze final’ and the final.
Who is the referee?
South Africa’s Jaco Peyper will be the man in charge,
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