Stade de rugby
30 March 2017

Rugby World Cup 2023

Patrick Kanner and Thierry Braillard, together with Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Association (FFR) and his team, received a delegation from World Rugby led by the CEO of World Rugby, Brett Gosper. At the meeting, Ministers confirmed to the International Rugby Federation the full support of the French Government for France’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
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France is a host country for major international sporting events. Through hosting competitions of this kind, France is able to demonstrate the excellence of its organisational expertise along with its high quality facilities and infrastructure. The country shows the warmth of its welcome and its ability to organise excellent public events while offering the best possible logistical arrangements.
France is also a land of rugby. The organisation of the 2007 World Cup gave the sport new impetus in France, not forgetting the 2014 World Cup which put women’s rugby in the spotlight and generated unprecedented interest in the sport.
Organising the World Cup in 2023 would further boost the development of rugby throughout the country. The bid presented by the FFR is a solid, ambitious and responsible one. With only a few months to go before the 130th session of the International Olympic Committee in Lima, Ministers have underscored the advantage of organising the Rugby World Cup less than a year before the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2024, rugby now being an Olympic sport. Ministers assured the World Rugby delegation of the French Government’s full commitment to mobilising the resources necessary to support this bid and also reaffirmed the enthusiastic backing of both the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.