Scotland start 2023 World Cup against South Africa while England meet Argentina

South Africa won the 2019 Rugby World Cup South Africa are the reigning world champions (Ashley Western/PA)

England will begin the 2023 World Cup against Argentina in Marseille, while Scotland will take on defending champions South Africa in the same city a day later.

Both matches will be played at the Stade Velodrome, on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.

Hosts France will face three-time winners New Zealand in a tantalising opening match of the tournament at the Stade de France in Paris on September 8.

After their Pool D opener against Los Pumas, Eddie Jones’ 2019 runners-up will take on Japan in Nice on September 17 before back-to-back games in Lille against qualifiers from the Americas and Oceania on September 23 and October 7 respectively.

Wales, meanwhile, begin their Pool C campaign against Fiji in Bordeaux on September 10 and take on two-time champions Australia in Lyon a fortnight later.

Ireland’s quest to progress beyond the quarter-finals for the first time also starts in Bordeaux, where they will play a European qualifier on September 9.

Andy Farrell’s men face the Springboks in Paris on September 23 and will then return to the Stade de France to complete their Pool B games against rivals Scotland on October 7.

Games will be played at nine venues across France.

The final – scheduled for Saturday, October 28 – the third-placed play-off, both semi-finals and two of the quarter-finals will be staged at the Stade de France.

Marseille will host the other two last-eight fixtures.

England Rugby World Cup 2023 Fixtures (Pool D)

  • England v Argentina - Saturday 9th September 2023
  • England v Japan - Sunday 17th September 2023
  • England v Americas 2 - Saturday 23rd September 2023
  • England v Oceania 1 - Saturday 7th October 2023

Ireland Rugby World Cup 2023 Fixtures (Pool B)

  • Ireland v Europe 2 - Saturday 9th September 2023
  • Ireland v Asia/Pacific 1 - Saturday 16th September 2023
  • South Africa v Ireland - Saturday 23rd September 2023
  • Ireland v Scotland - Saturday 7th October 2023

Scotland Rugby World Cup 2023 Fixtures (Pool B)

  • South Africa v Scotland - Sunday 10th September 2023
  • Scotland v Asia/Pacific 1 - Sunday 24th September 2023
  • Scotland v Europe 2 - Saturday 30th September 2023
  • Ireland v Scotland - Saturday 7th October 2023

Wales Rugby World Cup 2023 Fixtures (Pool C)

  • Wales v Fiji - Sunday 10th September 2023
  • Wales v Qualifier Winner - Saturday 16th September 2023
  • Wales v Australia - Sunday 24th September 2023
  • Wales v Europe 1 - Saturday 7th October 2023

See full fixtures list here: Rugby World Cup 2023 Fixtures List

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