French Rugby Federation bids to host Rugby World Cup 2023
The French Rugby Federation (FFR) visited London to present France’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup
25 September 2017
FFR President Bernard Laporte and rugby players Sébastien Chabal, Claude Atcher, Serge Simon and Fabrice Estebanez also had a meeting in London with Ambassador Jean-Pierre Jouyet.
Minister of Sport Laura Flessel was also in attendance. At the press conference following the meeting with World Rugby, she stressed the government’s commitment to the event. France’s bid, she said, “is part of our strategy of hosting major events, to show we can not only play host but also develop physical exercise and sport in our schools and universities”.
The nine stadiums, fully renovated and located in seven French regions, will be able to accommodate more than 2.5 million spectators (450,000 foreign spectators are expected). Hosting the World Cup could enable us to create or support 17,000 jobs and have a positive impact on the economy to the tune of €2.4 billion.