Rugby World Cup trophy arrives in Paris

STORY: The tournament will kick off on September 8 in Paris as France hosts three-time winners New Zealand in a match up between the teams ranked second and third in the world.

Matches will be played across nine venues in France as the holders South Africa look to clinch a record fourth title. They are in the same pool as Ireland, who are currently the top ranked side.

Chile will make their World Cup debut in the 2023 tournament.

The World Cup will culminate with the final on October 28 at the Stade de France, the same venue as the opening match.