Already Official Partner of Rugby World Cup 2007 held in France, GMF, the leading insurer of public service employees and an unfailing supporter of French rugby, is getting involved with France 2023 for Rugby World Cup 2023.
GMF wishes to further strengthen its commitment to the development of rugby, to contribute to the success of Rugby World Cup 2023 in France and to share this sporting, festive and unifying event with as many people as possible throughout the country.
GMF, major insurance company for public services employees, is the oldest partner of all rugbys, of French rugby through the French Rugby Federation, the French national team and the National Rugby League (LNR). As Official Partner and insurer of the French national women’s and male’s teams and all their members, GMF shares common values with rugby, such as solidarity and team spirit.
An insurer's job is to know how to anticipate, prevent risks and support its members. GMF will therefore put all its know-how at the service of this extraordinary event by providing the Medical Services programme including the presence of staff trained to World Rugby standards at each of the 48 matches of the competition.
Claude Atcher, France 2023 CEO said: "The long and beautiful history that links GMF and rugby could only continue with Rugby World Cup 2023! We share the same ambitions: to guarantee the safety of players on the field and to promote the educational and inclusive benefits of rugby off the pitch. United in our efforts, driven by the strength of the team, we will work together to make Rugby World Cup 2023 a tournament with players and people at heart."
Thierry Derez, Chairman of GMF and Chairman and CEO of Covéa Group: "We are very happy and proud to be associated with Rugby World Cup 2023, which will be held in France. As a long-standing sponsor and unwavering supporter of French rugby, GMF will be fully involved and will deploy all its expertise to support this major international competition. This globally loved tournament is also an opportunity for us to promote the values of solidarity, commitment and team spirit shared with rugby for over 35 years."
ABOUT RUGBY WORLD CUP FRANCE 2023
Rugby World Cup 2023 will take place in France from 8 September-28 October with matches played in nine venues across 10 host cities. The tournament will be the 10th men’s Rugby World Cup and the second to be hosted by France after a memorable event in 2007.
RWC 2023 will take place in a year when the sport celebrates 200 years since Rugby School pupil William Webb Ellis was credited with inventing the game of rugby football by showing “a fine disregard for the rules” in catching the ball and running with it in 1823.
RWC 2023 will set new standards in social responsibility, inclusion and sustainability for a major rugby event, targeting four key pillars for the tournament’s legacy: acting for sustainability and circular economy, supporting education, training and employment, respecting and protecting the environment and promoting inclusivity by being a champion for gender equality.
The showpiece event in men’s 15s, Rugby World Cup 2023 will feature 20 teams – 12 of whom qualified directly by finishing in the top three in their pool at Japan 2019 and eight from a global qualification process – with 48 matches played across 51 days.
A brand of the Covéa Group, GMF is the leading insurer of public service employees with 3.6 million members and customers. GMF meets their concrete protection needs, in their private and professional lives, through property and personal insurance solutions.
For 36 years, GMF has been driven by its passion for rugby and shares with this sport its values of commitment, mutual respect and solidarity. In 1985, GMF became the first official partner of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and the French national team (men and women). GMF is also the insurer of the French national team and of all FFR members in France. GMF is also co-founder, with the FFR, of the Albert Ferrasse Foundation (aid for major rugby injuries), partner of the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis and of the National Rugby League since its creation.