France makes Rugby World Cup hosting bid [fr]
France is in the running to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Drawing on the experiences of the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the recent success of the UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2017 Handball World Championship, on Feburary 9 2017 France officially launched its proposal to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
- French Rugby Federation President Bernard Laporte receives support from top fromer French international players including Sébastien Chabal.
For former French XV selector and current French Rugby Federation President Bernard Laporte, "France wants the Rugby World Cup! The #France2023 proposal has the support of 80 per cent of French people. This World Cup will also involve the 1895 French rugby clubs. Through the event’s heritage, rugby as a whole will be positively impacted by the 2023 World Cup in France".
For now, the Republic of Ireland and the Republic of South Africa have officially announced their interest in succeeding Japan, which will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019. France, as the most visited country in the world (85 million tourists annually on average) is a major rugby-playing country with about 450,000 registered rugby club members.