Scotland face defending champions in Rugby World Cup opener

Three time winners South Africa will take on Gregor Townsend's men in Marseille.

Scotland face defending champions in Rugby World Cup opener

Scotland will take on the reigning world champions South Africa in their opening match of Rugby World Cup 2023.

In the fixtures announced on Friday Scotland discovered they will take on the Springboks on Sunday September 10th, 2023, at Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

The pool stage at the tournament in France will be extended for the first time to allow all teams a minimum five day rest period between matches.

Second up the Scots will play a qualifying team from Asia or the Pacific Islands in Nice on September 24th.

Then it is a European qualifier in Lille on September 30 before the pool finale against Ireland at the Stade de France in Paris on October the 7th.

The Rugby World Cup returns to France for the first time since 2007 with nine host cities.

Ticketing details for the tournament will be announced on the 4th of March.

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