Rugby World Cup coming to Nice next month

Japan v Russia 2019 Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is quickly approaching, and England, Wales and Scotland will all be in action in Nice come September.

The France Rugby World Cup is a little over a month away; the hosts feature in a mouth-watering curtain raiser against New Zealand at the Stade de France on Friday 8th September.

The France national team’s preparations have been in full swing, with Fabien Galthie’s men spending two weeks in the Principality, where the team notably held an open training session at the Stade Louis II in July.

The session was but a taste of what is to come with rugby returning to the French Riviera in September.

Home nations in action

Three group stage matches will be held in Nice’s Allianz Riviera. The stadium is the home of OGC Nice, and whilst the Ligue 1 season will be in full swing, the pitch will be shared for the duration of the group stages.

Home nations England, Wales and Scotland will also feature, and tickets are in short supply, but there are still some available for Wales’ match against Portugal on Saturday 16th September. England’s tie against Japan a day later is already sold out on the World Cup’s official ticketing site.

The Allianz Riviera, Nice by Luke Entwistle, Monaco Life

Given Nice’s proximity to Italy, the Gli Azzurri’s game against Uruguay on Wednesday 20th September promises to provide a thrilling atmosphere, and tickets are still available for that one. There is also some availability for Scotland’s match against Tonga on Sunday 24th September.

Whilst group stage matches will take place across the country, including in Nice, the knockout matches will take place at just two venues: the Stade de France and the Stade de Marseille. Rugby fans in the region will therefore have to venture a little further down the coast for their fix. Tickets for the semi-finals and final, all to be held in Paris, are already sold out.


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