Rugby World Cup France 2007

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Friday, January 12, 2007

IRB set the Rugby World Cup Kick-Off times

In a very good statement, the International Rugby Board (IRB) made public the kick-off times for the 48 matches of Rugby World Cup 2007 to take place in France in September and October.

We must mention that host country France will kick-off the seventh Rugby World Cup Tournament against Argentina at the Stade de France Stadium in Paris at 9pm local time on Friday, September 7, and England will begin its defence of the Webb Ellis Cup against the USA in Lens the following day with the match kicking-off at 6pm local time.

It's also good to know that New Zealand’s opening Pool C match against Europe 1 qualifier Italy in Marseille on Saturday, September 8 will kick-off at 1.45pm local time, while former double world champion Australia will play its first match against Japan in Lyon on Saturday, September 8 at 3.45pm local time. South Africa’s first Pool C game against Samoa at Parc des Princes, Paris, on Sunday, September 9 will kick-off at 4pm local time.

As for the senior European teams, Ireland’s opening Pool D clash against Africa 1 qualifier Namibia in Bordeaux on Sunday, September 9 will kick-off at 8pm local time, while Scotland’s first Pool C match on the same day in St. Etienne against the yet to be determined Repechage 1 qualifier will kick-off at 6pm local time. On the same day Wales will kick-off its opening match at 2pm local time against Americas 2 qualifier Canada in Nantes.

We must know that the Rugby World Cup Final, which will be played at the 80,000 capacity Stade de France stadium, will kick-off at 9pm local time on Saturday, October 20. Let's enjoy then.