France to host Rugby World Cup 2023 [fr]
In 2023, France will host and organize the tenth edition of Rugby World Cup Rugby World Cup across the country. It’s the most important sporting event in the world in France for more than 30 years, since the 1998 Football World Cup.
The Rugby World Cup in Japan concluded on 2 November 2019, with the crowning of South Africa as World champions. In 2023, all eyes will be on France as it hosts this major international sporting event. Over 45 days, 600 players from 20 teams will face off across 10 host cities in France. Over 2.5 million tickets will be issued for the 48 matches and more than 450,000 foreign fans are expected to travel to France for this global festival of rugby.
And there more important and symbolic reasons to celebrate rugby in 2023, as that year will mark the 200th anniversary of the sport’s creation. France is also one of the pioneering rugby nations: the French Rugby Federation celebrated its 110th anniversary. It will be an opportunity to rediscover rugby’s founding spirit and to enable a new generation to emerge from its shared sports values.
The 2023 World Cup Organizing Committee wants rugby to make an impact off the pitch, through its values of self-sacrifice, teamwork and respect. Having the courage of our convictions, never giving up in the face of hardship and putting the team before the individual – that is why “We are rugby”.
The 10 host cities of the competition are: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne, Toulouse
In Hong Kong, the most popular annual sports event in Asia, the Hong Kong Sevens, attracts every year the world’s greatest rugby players and thousands of spectators from around the world. For fans of the Hong Kong Rugby team, the men’s team is preparing for qualification at the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
"Hong Kong has made significant investments in performance rugby in recent years, and qualifying for the Men’s and Women’s World Cups is one of the goals of our strategic plan, " said Robbie McRobbie, the managing director of the Hong Kong Rugby Union.
Learn more information: https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/2023
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