France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Transformation test! The Rugby World Championships in London announced that France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. This is the second time in its history that France has organized the competition after 2007.

France received 18 votes, ahead of South Africa (13 votes) and Ireland (8 votes) in the first ballot. In the second round, France’s nomination received 24 votes, against South Africa’s 15.

However, France was not the favorite after the report released by the International Rugby Union on October 31. The experts behind the report put South Africa ahead of France and Ireland.

The decision infuriated Bernard Laporte, president of the French rugby union, and Claude Accher, president of France 2023, who believed France had been renovated or built for Euro 2016 and a high-quality hotel park. They did not hesitate to denounce South Africa’s shortcomings in terms of infrastructure. Bernard Laporte had even written to World Rugby, requesting that the report be amended. The body that manages world rugby has not.

The elected representatives of the rugby world have finally decided. The world of 2023 will be held in France. Cock Doodle Doo!

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Bernard Laporte replied in London: “I’m proud. Thanks to World Rugby, who gave so much, even if there was a misunderstanding.”

Claude Atcher, Director of the French Nomination: “We fought like dogs for eight months. It was as hard as you can imagine. We held out until that night again. We met with bosses to convince them that our file was the best. We put together a file that was the best in quality.”

Sebastien Chabal, the former third line from France 15th and the French ambassador to the nomination, sees in it “The victory of French rugby. This World Cup will shed light on our sport. We still have a lot of work to do because we have promised the best World Cup ever organized.”

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For her part, Sports Minister Laura Flessel welcomed the event, which was obtained after the organization of the European Football Cup in France in 2016 and before the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.

The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, considered the choice of France “great news”.

Where will the matches be held?

The competition will take place in September-October 2023 (the exact dates are not yet known) in nine stadiums: Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Stade Velodrome in Marseille, Stade Groupama in Lyon-Dessin, Stade Pierre Moroy in Villeneuve d’Ascq, Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux, and Stade Beaujoire in Nantes, Stade Toulouse, Stade Allianz Riviera in Nice and Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

9 cities will host the competition in 2023. / Ifix Infographic

9 cities will host the competition in 2023. / Ifix Infographic

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The French Rugby Federation released a video featuring “Z French Touch” on September 25th. The video showed Bernard Laporte mobilizing his troops in the locker room. An exercise in which he shines as if he were a coach. The video has already been watched by more than 2 million people.

South Africa’s wrath

The choice of France did not please South Africa at all. The director general of the South African rugby union has deplored the opacity of the host country selection process for two weeks. “World Rugby has conducted a comprehensive and transparent process over 15 months to determine the best country. This process has become quite opaque in the past two weeks.”

Remember, 2007…

For the first Rugby World Cup organized by France, in 2007 the fifteenth of France had left the competition in the semi-finals. South Africa was crowned world champion after beating England 15-6.

France against the fifteenth of the rose in 2007.

France against the fifteenth of the rose in 2007.
Photo by AFP Jacques Demarthon

France is organizing the second edition of the Rugby World Cup in its history.  / Infographic Idix

France is organizing the second edition of the Rugby World Cup in its history. / Infographic Idix

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