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 5 December 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 1 November 2013, when 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 has played 15 test matches at the Parc des Sports (for a record of 3 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw) with the first held against Australia on 5 December 1982. The stadium also hosted a 2000 Rugby League World Cup qualifying match between Morocco and Lebanon in 1999.

Test# Date Result Attendance Notes
1 5 December 1982  Australia def.  France 15–4 8,000 1982 Australia vs France series
2 29 January 1984  Great Britain def.  France 12–0 4,000
3 16 February 1986  France drew with  Great Britain 14–14 4,000 1985-88 Rugby League World Cup
4 24 January 1988  Great Britain def.  France 28–14 6,000
5 5 February 1989  Great Britain def.  France 30–8 6,500
6 2 December 1990  Australia def.  France 60–4 2,200 1990 Australia vs France series
7 17 November 1999  Italy def.  France 14–10 1,000 1999 Mediterranean Cup
8  Morocco def.  Lebanon 104–0 2000 Rugby League World Cup qualifying
9 9 November 2003  Scotland def.  France 8–6 2,200 2003 Rugby League European Cup
10 30 October 2004  England def.  France 42–4 4,000 2004 Rugby League European Cup
11 7 November 2007  France def.  Papua New Guinea 38–26 7,248
12 9 October 2010  France def.  Ireland 58–24 14,522 2010 Rugby League European Cup
13 21 October 2011  England def.  France 32–18 16,866
14 1 November 2013  New Zealand def.  France 48–0 17,518 2013 Rugby League World Cup Group B
15 7 November 2015  France def.  Scotland 32–18 5,737 2015 Rugby League European Cup
16 22 October 2016  England def.  France 40–6 14,276 2016 Rugby League Four Nations

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parc des Sports Archived 2012-12-10[Timestamp length] at Archive.is
  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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