Ministers meet rugby officials to discuss 2023 World Cup bid
International sporting events – 2023 Rugby World Cup/French bid – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport
Paris, 31 March 2017
Patrick Kanner, Minister of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, and Thierry Braillard, Minister of State for Sport, and Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), and his team, had a meeting today with a delegation from World Rugby led by Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby.
During the meeting, the ministers assured the international rugby federation of the state’s full support for France’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
France is indisputably a country that welcomes major international sporting events. By hosting such competitions, France demonstrates to the world its excellent organizational know-how, with a high standard of facilities and infrastructure. It shows how welcoming it is and its ability to organize excellent public events in the smoothest possible logistical conditions, with significant spin-offs in terms of economic activity and jobs.
France is also a land of rugby. The hosting of the 2007 World Cup gave the sport a new boost in our country, not forgetting the 2014 World Cup, which put women’s rugby in the spotlight and sparked unprecedented enthusiasm.
Organizing the 2023 World Cup would be an opportunity for France; an opportunity not just for its international profile, but for even further speeding up the development of rugby-playing throughout the country. The bid put forward by the FFR is solid, ambitious and responsible.
France has made hosting major sporting events a highly important issue. With a few months to go before the 130th session of the International Olympic Committee in Lima, the ministers highlighted the advantage that organizing this Rugby World Cup – with rugby now an Olympic sport – would constitute, less than a year before the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The ministers assured the World Rugby delegation of the state’s total commitment to mobilizing the necessary resources to support this bid and reiterated the President and Prime Minister’s keen support./.