Rugby World Cup 2023 Guide: Episode 3 - What matches shouldn't you miss?

Get ready to enter the tumultuous arena of rugby, where strategy, strength and team spirit meet to create an unforgettable sport show.<br>Whether you are a lifelong rugby fan or you want to improve your prediction skills, this article is for you. For the next Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, we will give you all the details of a rugby match.<br>This valuable information will allow you to understand the subtleties of the game, and make more accurate predictions. This will help you to become the champion of your company predictions game on Scorecast Business.<br>So get ready to dive into this fascinating sport and improve your prediction game!

The 5 must-see matches of the group phase (+ a bonus):

📆 September 8, 2023 at 9pm: France vs New Zealand

The dream opening match between hosts Les Bleus and the Blacks, the greatest nation in history. The outcome of the match could determine the winner of Pool A.

📆 September 23, 2023 at 9pm: South Africa vs Ireland

The defending champions take on the world's No. 1 ranked nation: nothing less! The Irish will start as favourites, but will need to be prepared for the physical challenge that the Springboks will present.

📆 September 24, 2023 at 9pm: Wales vs Australia

Two underdogs in the least competitive group, Pool C, makes for a mouth-watering encounter. Whoever wins this match could open up a fine route to the semi-finals, as the 1st-placed team from Pool C will meet the 2nd-placed team from Pool D in the quarter-finals, which could be either Argentina or Japan. 

📆 October 6, 2023 at 9pm: France vs Italy

The final group match for Les Bleus, who could be in with a chance of qualifying if they start with a defeat against the New Zealanders. At home, France would be clear favorites, but the stakes could be high.

📆 October 8, 2023 at 1pm: Japan vs Argentina

Not the best teams in the world, but a mouth-watering encounter! If everyone keeps to their place in the previous matches, the Japanese and Argentinians could fight it out for qualification in this match.

🤞Bonus: the quarter-final of the XV de France

Knock on wood, but if all goes well, Les Bleus will be in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. There, they should face either Ireland or South Africa in a huge clash. Not to be missed under any circumstances. Not even Didier's farewell party.

Where to watch the matches? 

All World Cup 2023 matches will be played in France. The requisitioned stadiums are as follows: 

🏟️ Le Stade de France, Saint-Denis
🏟️ Le Vélodrome, Marseille
🏟️ Parc OL, Lyon
🏟️ Le Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux
🏟️ Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
🏟️ Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium, Saint-Etienne
🏟️ La Beaujoire, Nantes
🏟️ Le Stadium, Toulouse
🏟️ Allianz Riviera, Nice

If you can't watch the World Cup in the stadium, you can watch it on TV.

TF1, M6 and France Télévisions move towards a ...

At the Rugby World Cup 2023, fans will be able to choose between several channels to follow the matches. The TF1 group, which until now has held the rights to broadcast all 48 matches, has chosen to share the honors by granting France Télévisions and M6 the right to broadcast 10 and 18 matches respectively.

To be more precise, TF1 will broadcast three of the French team's four group matches, including the eagerly-awaited opening match between France and New Zealand on Friday, September 8 at 9pm. Fans will also be able to watch the France-Uruguay match on TF1 on Thursday September 14 at 9pm, and the France-Italy match on Friday October 6 at 9pm. The channel also plans to broadcast the two most promising quarter-finals, the two semi-finals, the match for third place and the grand final.

France Télévisions will broadcast the France-Namibia match on Thursday September 21st at 9pm, as well as a quarter-final. M6 will also have the privilege of broadcasting a quarter-final, from a total of 18 matches. This is a first for M6, which has never broadcast this event before, while France Télévisions is returning to the Rugby World Cup after an absence since 2011.

Now that you're armed with the basics of how a rugby match unfolds, you're ready to dive deeper into the specifics of Rugby World Cup 2023. Stay tuned in the coming days for our next episode, where we'll explore the teams favored for the title, as well as the outsiders who could spring a surprise. With Scorecast Business, you'll not only be well prepared to enjoy every match to the full, but also to champion your company in the prediction game. So, don't forget to come back for Episode 4 of our Rugby World Cup 2023 Guide, and in the meantime, may the best prediction win!

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