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Rugby : a first in Lille



An unprecedented event in the history of French rugby. On Saturday 17 November 2012, at the Grand Stade Métropole stadium in Lille, for the first time ever in France a rugby match was played under a closed roof. The game was played between the French XV and Argentina rugby teams.


The roof of the stadium was closed on Friday morning, shortly before Santiago Phelan’s (the Latin American team’s selector) men began their training session.

The roof of the Lille Grand Stade Métropole stadium can be closed in just thirty minutes. Photo credit: Elisa / Valode & Pistre Architects / Atelier Ferret Architectures / Max Lerouge.