Central to performance and the nationwide rugby festival, Team Base Camps will provide communities throughout France with the opportunity to share in the excitement of Rugby World Cup, and teams with access to the very best facilities.
Beyond the competition's 10 host cities, nine French regions have been designated to welcome and host the participating teams. They will be at the heart of a Rugby World Cup that will allow more people across the nation to engage with rugby’s pinnacle event.
The Team Base Camp choices are the result of a detailed process started in March 2019 by the France 2023 Organising Committee. The process started with a successful ‘Call for Expression of Interest’ which led to 89 applicants across the country.
Following the initial application phase, a pre-selection was undertaken based on two major objectives:
- To offer high-level facilities for qualified teams to prepare and train during Rugby World Cup 2023 in an optimum performance environment
- To optimise teams travel based on their pool phase matches, with an emphasis on train travel to minimise carbon emissions, in line with the tournament’s CSR strategy
Following an extensive technical evaluation and visits from November 2021 to January 2022 by team representatives, each qualified team was presented with three Base Camp options, with a final decision made by the team itself.
RUGBY WORLD CUP 2023 TEAM BASE CAMPS
New Zealand: Lyon (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
France: Rueil-Malmaison (Ile-de-France)
Italy: Bourgoin-Jallieu (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Uruguay: Avignon (Provence)
Namibia: Aix les Bains (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
South Africa: Toulon (Région Sud)
Ireland: Tours (Centre-Val de Loire)
Scotland: Nice (Région Sud)
Tonga: Croissy sur Seine (Ile-de-France)
Romania: Libourne (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Wales: Versailles (Ile-de-France)
Australia: Saint-Étienne (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Fiji: Bordeaux (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Georgia: La Rochelle – Ile de Ré (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Portugal: Perpignan (Occitanie)
England: Le Touquet-Paris-Plage (Hauts-de-France)
Japan: Toulouse (Occitanie)
Argentina: La Baule-Escoublac (Pays de la Loire)
Samoa: Montpellier (Occitanie)
Chile: Perros-Guirec (Bretagne)