Parc des Sports (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.
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"). 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.
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.
|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|