WITH the Rugby World Cup set to start in a little over a month's time, the first game will see France take on Argentina in the Stade de France on September 7, there will be much to celebrate right across the country.
Many of the host cities are rolling out the welcome mat for the teams and their supporters with special events and festivals marking the sport and the French way of life.
It is also the first time that the Rugby World Cup has been hosted by a French speaking country, and is the biggest sporting event to take place in France since the football World Cup in 1998, which les Bleus went on to win.
Whether the rugby team can go on and do the same is sure to keep the patrons of local bars and cafés deep in conversation during the tournament, despite the mighty All Blacks being most people's favourites.
Here is a look at what many of the cities set to stage matches are offering fans, as well as a check over the teams playing:
Pool A - England, South Africa, Samoa, USA, Tonga
Pool B - Australia, Wales, Fiji, Canada, Japan
Pool C - New Zealand, Scotland, Italy, Romania, Portugal
Pool D - France, Ireland, Argentina, Georgia, Namibia
Bordeaux - The Chaban-Delmas Stadium
With some of the world's finest vineyards the region is sure to welcome fans with a glass and some fine foods. An exhibition celebrating the world of rugby will be held at the Musée d’Aquitaine, while down by the quayside will be a rugby village.
September 9: Ireland v Namibia
September 15: Ireland v Georgia
September 25: Canada v Japan
September 29: Australia v Canada
Lens - Stade Félix-Bollaert
It is just a short trip across the Channel for England's supporters who will play one match in the 41,000 capacity stadium. There will be festivals and concerts on match days in the town, with many cafés and bars holding special events.
September 8: England v USA
September 22: South Africa v Tonga
September 26: Georgia v Namibia
Lyon - Stade Gerland
Fans heading to Lyon are sure to come back with a few extra inches around the waistline as the city is recognised as the centre of gastronomy in France. But there are many museums to visit and a stroll around the old town may help burn off the calories.
September 8: Australia v Japan
September 11: Argentina v Georgia
September 15: New Zealand v Portugal
Marseille - Stade Vélodrome
Marseille is a city that lives and breaths sport, with the spectacular bowl of the Vélodrome stadium home to more than 60,000 spectators they can create one of the best sporting occasions in the world. During the competition there is the chance to watch the beach rugby championships, with the old port set to host many events.
September 8: New Zealand v Italy
September 12: Italy v Romania
September 22: Argentina v Namibia
September 30: France v Georgia
October 6: QF1 Winner pool B v Second pool A
October 7: QF3 Winner pool A v Second pool B
Montpellier - Stade de la Mosson
Much of the festivities marking the Rugby World Cup will take place around Montpellier's Place de la Comédie, with a giant screen broadcasting the matches for those without tickets. Outside of match time you can visit the newly refurbished Musée Fabre, featuring one of the finest art collections in France.
September 12: USA v Tonga
September 16: Samoa v Tonga
September 23: Australia v Fiji
September 30: South Africa v USA
Nantes - Stade la Beaujoire
The city is within easy reach of the ferry ports of Normandy and Brittany and will be hosting an England match, as well as two matches involving Wales. Events will be taking place in Nantes as well as in various towns in the Loire region.
September 9: Wales v Canada
September 22: England v Samoa
September 29: Wales v Fiji
Paris - Parc des Princes/Stade de France
The Champs de Mars will be the site of the official village, with giant screens at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and the sponsors' village at the Trocadéro. Rugby fans heading to games at both stadia shouldn't have much difficulty in finding things to do in one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.
Matches - Parc des Princes:
September 9: South Africa v Samoa
September 19: Italy v Portugal
September 28: England v Tonga
September 30: Ireland v Argentina
October 19: 3rd place v 4th place
Matches - Stade de France:
September 7: France v Argentina
September 14: England v South Africa
September 21: France v Ireland
October 7: QF4 Winner pool D v Second pool C
October 13: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2
October 14: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4
October 20: Final
Saint Etienne - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
Once known as an industrial city, Saint Etienne has developed into a centre of design and technology and is sure to offer something a little different to the fans of Scotland who play two games there. World Cup events will be concentrated around the Place Jean Jaurès, with giant screens showing the games.
September 9: Scotland v Portugal
September 26: Samoa v USA
September 29: Scotland v Italy
Toulouse - Le Stade
The south west is the home of French rugby, with Toulouse marking more than a century of the sport with festivals and events. Giant television screens will be set up at the Place du Capitole and the Prairie des Filtres park.
September 12: Fiji v Japan
September 16: France v Namibia
September 25: Romania v Portugal
September 29: New Zealand v Romania
The official Rugby World Cup in France website also has information on what's on around the country, and if you are a fan and can't get across the Channel a couple of games will also be taking place in Wales and Scotland.
And don't forget if you are organising an event to mark the competition at a local level you can post more details in the comment form below.