Rugby fever hits paris !
Rugby fans all over the world, and especially in Paris, are brimming with excitement after the french win on September 8th. If you've got match tickets or not, Rugby Village at Place de la Concorde is just a short walk from Apartments du Louvre and full of entertainment and showing the games. Whether you follow the sport or not, you’ll be part of a historic event since the Rugby World Cup is a first-class, global, prestigious competition that takes place from September 8th through October 28th. This colossal fan-zone is oval-shaped, (in honor of the rugby ball, of course) and can welcome from 15,000 to 39,000 people. Giant screens are there to watch the game live and sportive activities as well as workshops are also part of the program. Other exceptional activities such as concerts, meet-ups with athletes, photo booths, DJ’s and food trucks hosted by the famous French restaurant “Bouillon” will be scattered around the village. Initiation to the sport of rugby will be available throughout the day, for adults and children alike. Entrance to Rugby Village is free – it’s open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the World Cup, from 2:00 – 11:30 PM and on Thursdays when the French team is playing. Check out the official Rugby World Cup website for more information about this iconic event.
Key Numbers and Fun Facts
2023 marks the 200th anniversary of rugby as a sport, which originated in the town of Rugby, England in 1823. This is the tenth World Cup and the second one hosted by France. Twenty teams are competing; split into 4 “pools” of 5 teams each. For the first time ever, Chili’s national team, the “Condors” will be part of this distinguished competition. Games will be played in 9 stadiums in 9 French cities. On a sadder note, this is the first time in World Cup history that no team from North America is participating since the USA and Canada both failed to
qualify. The tournament will last for 51 days, (Sept. 8th - Oct. 28th ), which makes it the longest World Cup ever. 48 games will be played, 10 of them (including the final) at the Stade of France in Paris. On the green side, the tournament organizers have commissioned 1,491 medals (gold, silver, and bronze), all made from recycled mobile phones. There are 26 match officials,
including referees, assistant referees, and television match officials (TMO). For the first time in sports history, a woman will be officiating at a men’s Rugby World Cup. That woman is Joy Neville who is the former captain of Ireland’s national Women’s Rugby Team and will be one of the TMO’s.
And the Winner Will Be…
Given that France has home advantage, “Les Bleus” could win the coveted cup. The team, led by captain Antoine Dupont is young, motivated, and has been playing extremely well in the preparation matches. So, visit the Rugby Village near Apartments du Louvre to cheer for the French team or your team if you’ve come to see your team play! The next game you can enjoy at the rugby village is France vs. Uruguay at 9pm on the 14th! Enjoy! If your a lucky guest staying at Apartments Du Louvre, any guests here on a game day will receive a goody bag with free offical merchandise and any direct reservation will also benefit from a lovely rugby themed cheese from our favortie local cheese shop, La Fromagerie du Louvre located on rue de l'Arbre Sec.
Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde, 75008