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8th September 2023

FRANCE get their Rugby World Cup 2023 campaign underway tonight with a mouth-watering clash against three-time champions New Zealand.

Les Bleus are one of the tournament favourites and they'll be eager to win it all on home turf, but as always the All Blacks will have something to say about that.

  • Start time: 8.15pm BST
  • TV/Live stream: ITV1 HD
  • France XV: Ramos, Penaud, Fickou, Moefana, Villiere, Jalibert, Dupont, Wardi, Marchand, Atonio, Woki, Flament, Cros, Ollivon, Alldritt
  • New Zealand XV: B Barrett, Jordan, Ioane, Lienert-Brown, Telea, Mo’unga, Smith, De Groot, Taylor, Laulala, Whitelock, S Barrett, Papalii, Cane, Savea

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What TV channel is it on and can it be live streamed?

  • France vs New Zealand will be broadcast LIVE on ITV 1 in the UK.
  • Fans can also stream the entire action live via the ITV X app on any tablet or mobile device.
  • Alternatively, SunSport will have minute-by-minute action of this Rugby World Cup opener through our live blog.

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    "This year, 2023, we will show our French share: Our art of sharing, conviviality and fraternity."

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    And the buzzing atmosphere will only heat up in the 45 minutes between now and kick-off for France vs New Zealand.

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    Macron prepares to launch tournament

    French president Emmanuel Macron is poised to officially open the World Cup.

    After the pomp and pageant of the build-up. it's time for the speeches.

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    French bliss

    Actor Jean Dujardin has taken a prominent role in the dancing at the opening ceremony.

    The blaze of colour has also just seen a fly-by with red white and blue smoke streaming past the stadium.

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    The fun's already started!

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    Confident of avoiding deja Bleu

    Much-tipped France are sure they can end their World Cup jinx.

    Les Bleu are one of only five nations to have reached the final – but have lost all three times they have got that far.

    Fabien Galthie’s squad now seem to have plenty of depth in all positions, with Antoine Dupont the main man.

    But pre-tournament injuries and issues have slightly dampened that optimism.

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    Tournament opener is great shakes

    New Zealand flanker Dalton Papali'i says "shakes" just discussing tonight's huge game.

    The 25-year-old has amassed 22 caps since 2018 but is still nervous about such a World Cup opener.

    He said: "I'm shaking even talking about it.

    "To be honest I've always dreamt of this moment. I really want to soak it up.

    "You have a job to do for the team, but the excitement levels are going crazy."

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    The Stade is set…

    What an opener!

    The two bookies' favourites to win the World Cup kick the tournament off at the Stade de France tonight (8.15pm).

    France take on Ireland at 8.15pm.

    Here are the Betfair odds to lift the World Cup at the same venue in the final on Saturday, October 28.

    • New Zealand – 11/4
    • France – 11/4
    • South Africa 10/3
    • Ireland 4/1
    • Australia 10/1
    • England 12/1
    • Argentina 20/1
    • Wales 30/1
    • Scotland 35/1
    • Fiji 80/1
    • Japan 200/1
    • Tonga 400/1
    • Samoa 425/1
    • Italy 500/1
    • Georgia 500/1
    • Namibia 500/1
    • Romania 500/1
    • Uruguay 500/1
    • Chile 500/1
    • Portugal 500/1

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