World Rugby praises France's 'strong progress' in 2023 World Cup preparation
World Rugby, the sport’s international governing body, today praised France for the “strong progress” it has already made in key areas in its preparations to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, declaring that the country is “ahead of previous hosts at this point in the hosting cycle.”
After overcoming South Africa and Ireland in the bidding process, France was named as host nation of the tournament in 2017 for the second time, after previously hosting in 2007.
France will not officially assume the status of tournament host until 2 November, when the 2019 World Cup comes to an end in Japan, but World Rugby is already excited about the foundations being laid by the organising committee following its latest Rugby World Cup 2023 coordination visit to Paris, which included technical venue visits and progression of host city agreements.
Alan Gilpin, the tournament director, praised the organising committee for the preparation of its venues as well as delivering “strong budget progress that will underpin the successful delivery of the tournament for rugby and the host nation” and “detailed ticketing and marketing strategy planning, driving engagement and access to rugby’s showcase event.”
Gilpin also stated that strong progress was being made with the “evolution of the organising committee with key appointments completed and further recruitment planned as the organisation makes the transition from future to current host in late 2019.”
He said: "We enjoyed very productive meetings with our friends at the France 2023 organising committee, and with a little over four years to go it is clear that hosting preparations continue to be advancing rapidly.
“It is highly-encouraging to see such strong progress made across all key areas from venues preparation and host city engagement to marketing and budget management, and in many respects, they are ahead of previous hosts at this point in the hosting cycle.
"This year culminates with the transition from future to current hosts after the Rugby World Cup 2019 final on 2 November and we are confident that we will launch into a new hosting cycle anticipating a truly superb tournament that will be team and fan centric."
Since staging soccer’s Euro 2016, France has secured hosting rights to several major sporting events over the next few years.
As well as the Rugby World Cup in 2023, the country will stage the Fifa Women’s World Cup next month and the Olympic Games in 2024.