Rugby World Cup 2023 Match Schedule Revealed

Following the announcement by World Rugby and the Rugby World Cup 2023 Organising Committee on the match schedule and venues for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, the Japan Rugby Football Union is delighted to be playing its four pool matches in three iconic French cities.

Japan is set to play two of its pool matches in the southern city of Toulouse where they will take on the Qualifiers of both Americas 2 and Oceania 1, they will play England in Nice, on the Côte d’Azur and challenge Argentina in Nantes, in the west of the country, in the famous Loire Valley.

Jamie Joseph, Brave Blossoms Head Coach commented:

“Playing our first three matches in the south of France is a great start for us given our experience and familiarity with Toulouse having prepared and played there in 2017 against Tonga. The area is very easy to adapt to and the public are passionate rugby fans.”

Every Rugby World Cup match is extremely tough, and we have two really challenging opponents in England and Argentina in our second and fourth matches. Having a week or more of rest between each game is hugely important and crucial if we are to play to our very best.”

Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to get our team playing again and start building towards 2023. Having the Top League start last weekend is the first step forward.”

Rugby World Cup 2023 Japan Pool Match Schedule

Group Stage

・Japan v Americas 2

Sunday, September 10 – Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse

・England v Japan

Sunday, September 17 – Stade de Nice, Nice

・Japan v Oceania 1

Thursday, September 28 – Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse

・Japan v Argentina

Sunday, October 8 – Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes

Rugby World Cup 2023 Knockout Phase

Quarter Finals

Saturday, October 14

QF1:Winner of Pool C v Runner-Up Pool D – Stade Velodrome, Marseille

QF2:Winner of Pool B v Runner-Up Pool A  –  Stade de France, Saint-Denis         

Sunday, October 15

QF3:Winner of Pool D v Runner-Up Pool C  – Stade Velodrome, Marseille

QF4:Winner of Pool A v Runner-Up Pool B  – Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Semi Finals

Friday, October 20

SF1:Winner of QF1 v Winner of QF2 – Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Saturday October 21

SF2:Winner of QF3 v Winner of QF4 – Stade de France, Saint-Denis

The Bronze Final

Friday, October 27- Stade de France, Saint-Denis

The Rugby World Cup 2023 Final will take place at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, on Saturday, October 28.

Please refer to the Rugby World Cup official website for further details on match schedules.