This Saturday, August 6, the rugby train entered Nantes station. Until Monday August 8, Nantes residents could visit it and discover exhibitions and activities around the oval ball.
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The 2023 Rugby World Cup is on track. As France prepares to host the competition for the second time in a little over a year, a train attributed to the oval balloon is setting off to meet the French: a 114-day and 11,000-kilometre tour, through 51 cities. Two weeks after his departure, he marks a two-day stop at Nantes station, from this Saturday August 6, until Monday August 8.
Curious and rugby fans can visit an exhibition in its four cars. First an immersion in virtual reality in the first match of the competition, which will oppose France and New Zealand on September 8, 2023. Then three exhibitions on the organization of the World Cup, and the history of this competition . The year 2023 will also mark the bicentenary of rugby, a wagon will retrace the history of this sport.
Off the rails, the people of Nantes could discover a photo exhibition in the station, and stroll through the rugby village, installed on the esplanade des traceurs de Coques near the Naves, where rugby tournaments touch rugby will be organised. “All the partners of this World Cup are committed to being able to present fun workshops, to offer meetings and attractions that allow children who have stayed in Nantes to have a good time”explains Claire Toy, director of the Nantes site for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup matches will take place in 9 stadiums, including Beaujoire in Nantes, which will first host the Ireland-Tonga match on September 16, 2023. The city will then host the Argentina-Chile matches (the September 30), Wales-Georgia (October 7), and Japan-Argentina (October 8).
During this event, the Argentines will put their suitcases in La Baule (Loire-Atlantique) for 6 weeks, where their base camp will be set up.
For the competition as a whole, more than 2 million tickets have already been sold.