Ireland kick off World Cup campaign with match in Bordeaux

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By PA Sport staff

Ireland will kick off the 2023 World Cup in Bordeaux against a yet announced team from Europe.

The match will be played at the Stade de Bordeaux on September 9th in 2023. Their following game will be in Nantes against a team from Asia on September 16th.

Next up will be a titanic clash against World Cup holders South Africa at the Stade de France on September 23rd. They will wrap up the group stage on October 7th again at the Stade de France this time against Scotland.

Elsewhere, hosts France will face three-time winners New Zealand in a tantalising opening match of the tournament at the Stade de France in Paris on September 8th.


England will begin the 2023 World Cup against Argentina in Marseille, while Scotland will take on defending champions South Africa in the same city a day later.

Both matches will be played at the Stade Velodrome, on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th.

Wales, meanwhile, begin their Pool C campaign against Fiji in Bordeaux on September 10 and take on two-time champions Australia in Lyon a fortnight later.


Games will be played at nine venues across France.

The final – scheduled for Saturday, October 28th – the third-placed play-off, both semi-finals and two of the quarter-finals will be staged at the Stade de France.

Marseille will host the other two last-eight fixtures.

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