Anticipation is building for the upcoming 2023 Rugby World Cup. Host nation France are among the pre-tournament favorites, and Les Bleus could be the team to watch out for. Before turning their attention to the World Cup, France are looking to end their 2023 Six Nations Championship in style.
France Looking to Finish Strong in Six Nations
The 2023 Six Nations Championship is well underway, and Fabien Galthie’s side have had a decent tournament so far. The French are still in with a chance of winning the competition. In their final fixture, France welcomes Wales to the Stade de France. France will be the heavy favorites in the France v Wales odds, but the home team must do the business on the field. Can France finish the tournament on a high? They are currently priced at +1400 to win it, while Ireland are the strong favorites at -1200.
We are back next Saturday for two mouthwatering clashes in the @SixNationsRugby.@Federugby v @WelshRugbyUnion and @EnglandRugby v @FranceRugby.#ITVRugby pic.twitter.com/BWgV7tlXlG
— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) March 5, 2023
After three matches played, France had taken ten points and were looking strong. Ireland are the team to beat, however, and France might have to settle for second place this year. France won the 2022 Six Nations, winning five games out of five to get their hands on the Grand Slam.
They kicked off this season’s competition with a narrow victory over Italy in Rome. They were then beaten 32-19 by a rampant Irish side in an entertaining matchup at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. In game three, Les Bleus edged past in-form Scotland in a bruising battle at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
Which captain will still be smiling on Saturday evening? #AwakenAnticipation | #ENGvFRA pic.twitter.com/3BIaaJzk3w
— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 8, 2023
World Cup Taking Place on French Soil
The 2023 Rugby World Cup will take place across France from September to October this year. It will be the third time that France has hosted the World Cup having previously done so in 2007 and as joint hosts in 1991. France have never won the World Cup, though they have been runners-up on three occasions. Their most recent final appearance came in 2011 when they narrowly lost 8-7 to New Zealand in Auckland.
French rugby is on the rise again, and the hosts could go far in their home World Cup. They face New Zealand in a tough-looking Pool at the 2023 World Cup. Those two are expected to go through, though Italy and Uruguay might have something to say about that. Namibia is the other nation in Pool A.
France and New Zealand, who are the two favorites right now, get the competition underway with a mouth-watering opening match at the Stade de France. Les Bleus then faces Uruguay and Namibia before ending the Pool stage with a fixture against Six Nations rivals Italy in Lyon.
A lot of rugby will be played from now until the start of the World Cup, and France will be desperate to keep up their good form. First and foremost, Galthie’s men will be looking to end the Six Nations on a high.