Rugby World Cup 2023

  • France Awarded 2023 RWC

    Hosting rights for the Rugby World Cup 2023 have been awarded to France after two rounds of voting in a secret ballot by the World Rugby Council in London on Wednesday (15th). The selection was made following two rounds of voting: France received 24 votes to South Africa’s 15 in the final round of voting. In the first round, France received 18 votes to South Africa’s 13 and Ireland’s eight. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Congratulations to France on being elected Rugby World C...

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  • 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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  • Tier 1 Nations To Gain £19m Each From France 2023

    Rugby union’s tier one nations are set for a £19m (€21.5m) windfall each from the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. Gavin Mair in The Telegraph wrote this week how the £350m (€395.5m) guarantee from France 2023 will be shared with the ten tier one nations sharing £192.4m between them. The 10 tier-one countries - England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina - are expected to share a record payout from World Rugby while remainder will...

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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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  • 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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  • WRU Waive Rights To Ireland's 2023 Revenue

    The WRU board have voted not to enforce the historical agreement with the IRFU over their support for hosting of the 1999 Rugby World Cup. A reciprocal arrangement was in place between the IRFU and the WRU prior to the '99 RWC which was primarily hosted at Millennium Stadium, but with games shared out to other European nations (England, France, Scotland and Ireland) whereby Wales would receive a 20% share of net income from future tournaments should they be hosted in Ireland. However, after rece...

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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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  • Ireland RWC 2023 Bid Confirmed

    ... with the requirements of World Rugby. The decision to appoint a host union is taken by World Rugby, following a very detailed process which culminates in a meeting of all member Unions at which the final decision is made. It is expected the decision on Rugby World Cup 2023 will be taken in mid 2017. The IRFU have claimed that the Rugby World Cup 2023 has the potential to attract in excess of 350,000 visitors to Ireland for the tournament....

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