The Olympic Stadium makes its debut in the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday (September 23) when France take on Romania.

The stadium will host five matches in the tournament and ticket holders can also make use of the Olympic Park Fanzone with live action on the big screen, live music and food and drink stalls.

It is the 50th test between the two nations and when they last met nine years ago the match ended 62-14, with Les Bleus the victors for the 39th time.

But a win is not inevitable as the three-times World Cup runners-up come into the tournament in mixed form, winning five out of nine tests this year. The Romanians have won six from nine.

Romanian captain Mihai Macovei hopes team spirit will make the difference in their World Cup opener. They name their most experienced and capped team ever.

He said: “Our biggest strength is the unity of the team, this is what is going to help us in the big games. I don’t think many teams have that here.”

France make 13 changes to the side that defeated Italy 32-10 on Saturday, and, with an average age of 28, Dimitri Szarzewski will be captaining the youngest team for eight years.

Back row Yannick Nyanga said: “It is a young team but we are all grown up in our heads. The young players don’t need someone to tell them what to do, they are already players with great experience. Dimitri leads by example on the pitch.”

The game starts at 8pm. The fanzone runs 1pm to 7pm. Thursday, September 24, sees New Zealand play Namibia with the same fanzone arrangements.