2023

  • South Africa 2023 Bid Gets Government Support

    South Africa's new sports minister has lifted a ban on the country's rugby union hosting major events, opening the way for SARU to submit a bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in the knowledge they have vital government support. Minister Thulas Nxesi lifted suspensions on three sports this week - rugby, cricket and netball. Athletics remained banned from being able to bid for major international competitions after failing to meet government targets. The transformation targets in South African sport...

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  • France Launches RWC 2023 Bid

    France officially launched its bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup last week with the French Rugby Federation (FFR) revealing 19 potential host cities and an environmentally friendly transport plan. France wore shirts carrying the France2023 logo in their Six Nations fixture with Scotland in Paris on Sunday, while former internationals Sebastien Chabal and Frederic Michalak were among several high profile ambassadors unveiled to support the bid. France, who last hosted the tournament 10 years a...

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  • Altrad's Support For France 2023 Bid Displayed On Shirts

    The French Rugby Federation (FFR) have confirmed this week that the Altrad Group will support the French bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2023. Altrad becomes the first private company to be displayed on the natoinal team's jersey. The logo will appear on French shirts from this Saturday when France play Italy in Rome in the RBS Six Nations and will remain until the announcement of the hosts for RWC 2023 in November this year. Mohed Altrad, the chairman of the construction firm, is also the chair...

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  • WRU Waive Rights To Ireland's 2023 Revenue

    ... they be hosted in Ireland. However, after recent consultation with World Rugby and the IRFU, the WRU has decided to relinquish any further rights, accepting that it has already been suitably recompensed and out of respect for the stipulations of the RWC 2023 host selection process. "The general consensus from the Board was that, whilst the WRU had claim to compensation as part of any bid from the IRFU, the spirit of the original agreement has already been fulfilled," said WRU chairman Gareth Da...

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  • Italy Withdraw From 2023 Bidding Process

    Italy’s governing body, FIR has withdrawn its application to host Rugby World Cup 2023 as a direct consequence of Rome’s withdrawal from bidding for the 2024 Olympics. The Italian rugby federation (FIR) said the two bids had been closely linked and it was not possible to carry on. "As it has always been closely connected to that of the Olympic Games of Rome 2024, the candidacy for the 10th edition of the Rugby World Cup has no more conditions to continue," said FIR president Alfredo Gavazzi....

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  • Adidas and All Blacks Extend To 2023

    News that adidas have extended their contract with New Zealand Rugby through to 2023 was released at the unveiling of a special edition jersey for the British and Irish Lions series. The contract extension will mark a 24-year relationship between the two parties should it run it’s full term. NZR CEO Steve Tew said they'd enjoyed "an exceptional and prosperous relationship" with adidas since the first deal was signed in 1999. "We see adidas not just as a sponsor but a real partner in our game....

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  • Gosper Not Fazed By SA Government Stance On RWC

    World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper believes the South African government’s insistence on racial quotas in the country’s Rugby Union (SARU) “will not be an obstacle” in their bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023 according to an interview published by The42.ie. South Africa, France and Ireland are the three nations to left in the bidding process for the tournament after reaching the official candidate stage. However, South African minister for sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula declared in April th...

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  • Ireland To Bid For Rugby World Cup In 2023

    At the International Rugby Board (IRB) conference this week Ireland revealed that it is considering making a bid for the Rugby World Cup in 2023. Ireland has reportedly been considering a bid for over a year having seen New Zealand stage the event in 2011 and if it does go ahead, the plan is for games to be played in both the north and south of the country at rugby union and gaelic games venues.  Ireland’s sports minister Leo Varadkar says hosting the world's third biggest sporting event wo...

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  • SA 2023 RWC Bid Scuppered From Within

    South Africa’s 2023 World Cup bid could be scuppered from within as sports minister Fikile Mbalula has banned the rugby, athletics, netball and cricket federations from bidding to host major international tournaments. The ban has been imposed for not reaching agreed targets for transformation – achieving a reasonable balance of racial integration into representative teams - and only the country's football federation has met its targets. In a statement Mr Mbalula said the ban was enforced aft...

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  • France Bid £150m As Final 2023 Presentations Approach

    France has inflated the bidding for RWC2023 by offering £30m (€34.2m) above the standard guaranteed hosting fee expected by World Rugby: £150m (€171m) rather than £120m (€137m). The three bidding groups hoping to host RWC 2023 – France, Ireland and South Africa - will make their final presentations to World Rugby in London on Monday (Sept 25th) with the official announcement scheduled for November 15th. The FFR have taken the opportunity to up the ante and claim that their bid will ge...

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