Rugby Corporate Packages with Stade de France Hospitality for France International Games in RBS Six Nations 2017
The Stade de France was built in response to France being awarded the 1998 FIFA World Cup with the name being recommended by Michel Platini.
Located just to the north of the centre of Paris in the commune of Saint-Denis the stadium has a seating capacity of 81,338 along with 172 suites which makes it the sixth largest stadium in Europe. It also has the distinction of being the only stadium to host both a football and rugby world cup.
The 2007 Rugby World cup was a fantastic event that got the final that the tournament deserved. It was contested by two heavyweights of world rugby in South Africa and England who had met each other in the group stages where the Springboks came out on top with a 36-0.
Five weeks later the teams found themselves facing off again but in totally different circumstances as Brian Ashton’s men had found form within the tournament to beat Australia and the hosts on the way to the final.
England started the final well but unfortunately they couldn’t their pressure count and their lineout was failing to fire. Like any game of rugby unless your set-piece is solid you are unlikely to win and that is where South Africa had the upper hand.
The final in general was a cagey affair with it mostly being a battle of the kickers – Jonny Wilkinson who had won the 2003 World Cup for England with a drop goal and Percy Montgomery the tournament’s eventual top point scorer.
There was however a disallowed try in the 42nd minute that will forever have England fans wondering what if?
The score was 9-3 to South Africa it was looking like they were going to pull away when Matt Tait picked up a bouncing ball, broke through the Springbok defence and raced towards the try-line but was held short when Andy Gomarsall fed Mark Cueto from the base of the ruck who went over in the corner.
Referred to the TMO for a potential foot in-touch the try was then disallowed from what everyone thought was inconclusive evidence.
That moment has haunted Cueto and England fans ever since and is still debated in rugby clubs up and down the country.
South Africa eventually ran out 15-6 winners to see them lift their second World Cup and round off an unbelievable night of international rugby at the Stade de France.
The Stade de France has also played host to all of France’s Six Nations home fixtures since its inauguration in 2000 and has seen some fantastic contests in the tournament the most recent of which being the 2016 Grand Slam game against England.
Going into the game England had already won the Six Nations Championship title but were looking to fully stamp their authority and shed the daemons of their 2015 World Cup campaign and win the Grand Slam.
Eddie Jones could not have been happier with his troop’s performance with Danny Care, Dan Cole and Anthony Watson scoring tries and the ever reliable boot of Owen Farrell seeing England 31-21 winners.