A beginner's guide to international rugby

Everything you need to know about getting into Rugby in 2023.

So, you’ve just watched the Six Nations and now you’re eager to watch some more international rugby? Not to fear, the Six Nations is just one of the many exciting rugby tournaments that take place around the world, and we're here to guide you through what's coming up in 2023 and how you can make the most of your rugby experience.

There are several international rugby tournaments that take place throughout the year, with some of the most notable being the Rugby World Cup, the Autumn Internationals and the Women’s Six Nations.

If you’ve not been to see a rugby game before there’s a couple of things you’ll need to tick off before going:

  • It goes without saying that you’ll need a ticket, so we’ve included links to each game below. 
  • Travel to the game is something you’ll have to be aware of. Whether you’re using public transport, driving or going on foot, planning ahead will help you avoid the crowds before the game. 
  • Not every stadium has great parking options, that’s where we can help with our network of private driveways that can get you closer than most car parks. 
  • After that you just have to worry about what you’ll be wearing and what to eat on the day.

Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is the biggest event in international rugby, taking place every four years. In 2023, the Rugby World Cup will be held in France, across nine venues with the final being played at the Stade de France, near Paris.

Autumn Internationals

The Autumn Internationals (also known as the Autumn Nations Series) are a series of test matches typically played across the UK in October and November each year. As the Rugby World Cup is being played in September and October this year, the Autumn Internationals won’t go ahead as originally planned. Instead, in May and August, many nations will be participating in the following warm-up matches for The World Cup: 

Sunday 28 May 2023 

Barbarians vs. World XV (Twickenham Stadium, London)


Saturday 5 August 2023

Wales vs. England (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)


Saturday 12 August 2023 

England vs. Wales (Twickenham Stadium, London)


Saturday 19 August 2023 

Wales vs. South Africa (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)


Friday 25 August 2023 

New Zealand vs. South Africa (Twickenham Stadium, London)


Saturday 26 August 2023 

England vs. Fiji (Twickenham Stadium, London)

Women’s Six Nations

Not long after the finish of the men’s tournament, the Women’s Six Nations will be kicking off on 25th March 2023. The 22nd edition of this annual tournament will see the best talent in Europe face off to dethrone current holders England. 

Round one fixtures

25 March: Wales vs. Ireland (Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff) & England vs. Scotland (Kingston Park, Newcastle)

26 March: Italy vs. France (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma)

Round two fixtures

1 April: Ireland vs. France (Musgrave Park, Cork) & Scotland vs. Wales (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium, Edinburgh)

2 April: England vs. Italy (Franklin's Gardens, Northampton)

Round three fixtures

15 April: Wales vs. England (Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff) & Italy vs. Ireland (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma)

16 April: France vs. Scotland (Stade de la Rabine, Vannes)

Round four fixtures 

22 April: Ireland vs. England (Musgrave Park, Cork) & Scotland vs. Italy (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium, Edinburgh)

23 April: France vs. Wales (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble)

Round five fixtures

29 April: England vs. France (Twickenham Stadium, London), Italy vs. Wales (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma) & Scotland vs. Ireland (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium, Edinburgh)

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