During the Rugby World Cup 2023 Opening Ceremony at the Stade de France on 8 September 2023, French actor Jean Dujardin will be accompanied by show designer Olivier Ferracci and stage director Nora Matthey de l’Endroit.
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It is anticipated that actor Philippe Lacheau, chef Guy Savoy, and prima ballerina Alice Renavand will all be part of the ceremony, which will kick off the RWC 2023, along with 33 additional guests and high-profile personalities representing French expertise.
RWC 2023’s Opening Ceremony is expected to reach over 10 million viewers in the host country and be broadcast in 182 countries worldwide.
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World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “Under Dujardin’s directorial vision, the Opening Ceremony will not only be a mesmerising spectacle that showcases the best of France’s rich heritage and its deep-rooted love for rugby. It will also represent a remarkable testament to the collaborative efforts and unwavering enthusiasm of everyone working behind the scenes to offer fans the most memorable Rugby World Cup ever.
Over 80,000 fans are expected to attend the ceremony and opening match commemorating rugby’s bicentennial (1823-2023).
France 2023 Chairman Jacques Rivoal added: “We are thrilled to have Jean Dujardin, his team, 200 volunteers and a number of high-profile guests involved in what promises to be an exceptional Opening Ceremony at the Stade de France on 8 September. Jean and his team have been working together on a show that will bring together France’s unique tradition and culture, intertwined with historical references to our sport. France 2023 is committed to delivering the most memorable opening match in Rugby World Cup history.”
At 21:15 (local time), France will play three-time champions New Zealand in the opening match.
Just few hours remain until the men’s rugby event reaches its milestone.