France Rugby World Cup 2023 Antoine Dupont

France’s Antoine Dupont. Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP

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Find out how and when you can watch Rugby World Cup action from France on Thursday 21 September 2023.

France Rugby World Cup 2023 Antoine Dupont

France’s Antoine Dupont. Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Hosts France return to action in the Rugby World Cup and face Namibia on Thursday night from 21:00.

France vs Namibia is the only match scheduled for Thursday 21 September.

The match will be broadcast live on Supersport.

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Namibia scrumhalf Jacques Theron makes his first start at No 9 lining up against one of the best to ever play the position in Antoine Dupont.

“It’s my first start for Namibia so I’m massively excited to show what I can do and what’s in me,” Theron said.

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Rugby World Cup matches on TV today: Namibia in action against Italy. Photo: World Rugby.

“Playing against Dupont, one of the world’s biggest rugby names right now, is going to be a lot of fun and I know I can learn a lot from him, so I’m very excited for the challenge.

He also said: “He’s got excellent vision playing the game. As a scrumhalf that’s one of the most important parts you need, so if by any chance he can give me some of that, that would be awesome.”

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Teams and Match info

France: 15 Thomas Ramos; 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Louis Bielle-Biarrey, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Antoine Dupont (captain), 8 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Francois Cros, 5 Thibaud Flament, 4 Cameron Woki, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Cyril Baille

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Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Reda Wardi, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Paul Boudehent, 21 Baptiste Couilloud, 22 Yoram Moefana, 23 Melvyn Jaminet

Namibia: 15 Andre van der Berg; 14 Gerswin Mouton, 13 Johan Deysel (captain), 12 Danco Burger, 11 JC Greyling; 10 Cliven Loubser, 9 Jacques Theron; 8 Prince Gaoseb, 7 Johan Retief, 6 Max Katjijeko; 5 Adriaan Ludick, 4 Mahepisa Tjeriko; 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Desiderius Sethie

Replacements: 16 Obert Nortje, 17 Jason Benade, 18 Haitembu Shikufa, 19 PJ Van Lill, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Oela Blaauw, 22 Alcino Izaacs, 23 Divan Rossouw

Date: Thursday, September 21

Venue: Stade de Marseille, Marseille

Kick-off: 21.00 (19.00 GMT; 21.00 CAT)

Expected weather: Thundery showers and a fresh breeze with high of 24°C and a low of 15°C

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)

Assistant Referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland) & Craig Evans (Wales)

TMO: Joy Neville (Ireland)