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