Will France-New Zealand be the opening match of RWC 2023?


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Will France-New Zealand be the opening match of RWC 2023?

Carrying out the draw for groups of the France World Cup 2023 it provided many certainties for the future. But it still remains to define some quotas and above all, what will be the opening match and the complete fixture.

The moment when France knew that he was going to join Group A, everything seemed to follow its natural course, even when he found out that he was going to share an area with Italy. Now when it was time to unveil that New Zealand was to be his rival, the reaction of the Paris amphitheater was unique.

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The head coach of France spoke about the possible debut against the team of Ian Foster. (Source: World Rugby)

A new edition of the France-New Zealand clash will take place in 2023. Both teams have the most head-to-head matches between two teams in World Cup history.

In total they played seven matches of the Rugby World Cup, more than any other pair of teams, including six play-off matches: five have been won by New Zealand and two by France.

The victories of France they took out New Zealand from the 1999 and 2007 tournaments in the semi-final and quarter-final stages, respectively. The two championships won by the All Blacks (1987 and 2011) ended with victories over France, both at Eden Park.

New Zealand’s other victories came in the quarterfinals (2015), a group match (2011, again at Eden Park) and the playoff for third place in 2003.

Everything seems to indicate that the September 8, 2023 When the World Cup begins in France, a new chapter in this World Cup battle will be reissued.

Opening matches of all the World Cups:

– May 22, 1987 RWC New Zealand – Australia: New Zealand 70- 6 Italy

October 3, 1991 RWC England: England 12-18 New Zealand

May 25, 1995 RWC South Africa: South Africa 27-18 Australia

October 1, 1999 RWC Wales: Wales 23-18 Argentina

October 10, 2003 RWC Australia: Australia 24-8 Argentina

September 7, 2007 RWC France: France 12-17 Argentina

September 9, 2011 RWC New Zealand: New Zealand 41-10 Tonga

September 18, 2015 RWC England: England 35-11 Fiji

September 20, 2019 RWC Japan: Japan 30-10 Russia


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