The oldest stadium selected as a host venue for RWC 2023, Stade Geoffroy Guichard was opened on 13 September, 1931, and has since undergone three renovations, each one ahead of its use at a major football tournament.
France’s rugby players first used the stadium on 24 November, 2001, when Les Bleus ran in 12 tries to beat Fiji 77-10. Six years later, Stade Geoffroy Guichard — named after the businessman who purchased the land on which it was built — hosted three RWC 2007 pool matches. Scotland appeared in two of those, beating Portugal 56-10 and Italy 18-16, despite conceding the only try of the match.
Samoa and the USA, meanwhile, contested a 46-point thriller and the former will return to play Argentina there in 2023 after qualifying as Oceania 1. Four RWC 2023 matches are scheduled to be played at Stade Geoffroy Guichard, with Australia, Argentina, Fiji, Italy and Samoa guaranteed to play in the ‘City of Design’.
Capacity : 42 152 seats