France’s Six Nations 2024 home venues assigned and they are three soccer stadiums

Adam Kyriacou
Orange Velodrome

France will play their three Six Nations home fixtures in Marseille, Lille and Lyon next year, the tournament organisers have announced.

Les Bleus, who won the Grand Slam in 2022, will kick off their campaign in Marseille against title rivals Ireland with the game at the Orange Velodrome.

The change of venue from their usual Paris home is due to the Stade de France being renovated which takes France on a mini tour round the country.

Three home games for France

As mentioned, Andy Farrell’s Ireland will be Les Bleus’ first home match of the season on Friday, February 2 before they host Italy in Round Three.

The Decathlon Arena in Lille will be the setting for the Italy game, with the venue boasting a retractable roof similar to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

France’s final home match of the 2024 Six Nations comes on Super Saturday and will see them take on rivals England at Groupama Stadium in Lyon.

The French have played just one home game outside Stade de France since the Five Nations became six in 2000 and that was against Italy in Marseille.

Homes of three soccer teams

Orange Velodrome has a capacity of 67,394 and is home to soccer side Olympique de Marseille. The ground also hosted the 2022 Champions Cup final.

Meanwhile, the Decathlon Arena in Lille opened in 2012 and is the home of fellow Ligue 1 team Lille OSC. The ground can seat up to 50,186 supporters.

Finally, Olympique Lyonnais will open its Groupama Stadium doors for the France v England game with that also only opening recently, in January 2016.

The French missed out on defending their 2022 Six Nations title this year, as Ireland claimed the Grand Slam after winning all five of their fixtures.

Fabien Galthie’s troops will be looking to exact revenge in 2024, but not before pushing for Rugby World Cup silverware on home soil later this year.

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