Parc des Sports (Avignon)

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Parc des Sports
Stade Avignon.JPG
Location Avignon, France
Coordinates 43°55′42″N 4°50′42″E / 43.92833°N 4.84500°E / 43.92833; 4.84500Coordinates: 43°55′42″N 4°50′42″E / 43.92833°N 4.84500°E / 43.92833; 4.84500
Capacity 17,518
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1975
Renovated 2009
Tenants
AC Arles-Avignon

Parc des Sports is a multi-purpose stadium in Avignon, France. It is currently used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of Ligue 2 club, AC Arles-Avignon. The capacity of the stadium is 17,518 spectators.[1]

Rugby League[edit]

Since its opening in 1975, Parc des Sports has hosted fourteen France international rugby league matches with the first on December 5, 1982 when France hosted Australia as part of the 1982 Kangaroo tour. In front of 8,000 fans, Australia won the game 15-4 against a very committed French team (the 1982 Kangaroos were the first touring side to go through Great Britain and France undefeated earning them the nickname of "The Invincibles").[2] Its last international match was on Friday November 1, 2013 where the stadium hosted France's 2013 Rugby League World Cup game against New Zealand in front of a capacity crowd of 17,518.[3]

France vs New Zealand at Parc des Sports, Avignon. New Zealand won 48–0.

Rugby League Internationals[edit]

The French national team had played 13 test matches Parc des Sports (with a 14th to be played in November 2015).

Date Opponents Result Attendance Part of
5 December 1982  Australia 4–15 8,000 1982 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France
29 January 1984  Great Britain 0–12 4,000
16 February 1986 14–14 4,000 1985-88 Rugby League World Cup
24 January 1988 14–28 6,000
5 February 1989 8–30 6,500
2 December 1990 Australia Australia 4–60 2,200 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France
17 November 1999  Italy 10–14 1,000 1999 Mediterranean Cup
9 November 2003  Scotland 6–8 2,200 2003 European Nations Cup
30 October 2004  England 4–42 4,000 2004 European Nations Cup
7 November 2007  Papua New Guinea 38–26 7,248
9 October 2010  Ireland 58–24 14,522 2010 European Cup
21 October 2011 England England 18–32 16,866
1 November 2013  New Zealand 0–48 17,518 2013 Rugby League World Cup
7 November 2015 Scotland Scotland 32–18 5,737 2015 European Cup
22 October 2016 England England

The venue also hosted a 2000 Rugby League World Cup qualifying match between Lebanon and Morocco on November 17, 1999 with 1,000 in attendance (a curtain raiser for the 1999 Mediterranean Cup match between France and Italy). Lebanon annihilated Morocco 104 - 0. It was also the highest test score at the venue

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parc des Sports
  2. ^ "Parc des Sports d'Avignon". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand vs. France". rlwc2013.com. Rugby League International Federation. 

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