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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]

Parc des Sports
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LocationAvignon, France
Coordinates43°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
Capacity17,518
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1975
Renovated2009
Tenants
AC Arles-Avignon

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Rugby leagueEdit

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 internationalsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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