With preparation accelerating, World Rugby has completed its final future host review meetings in partnership with the France 2023 organising committee in Paris this week and has endorsed progress in key operational and commercial areas, paving the way for a smooth transition into the next four-year hosting cycle and ultimately a successful Rugby World Cup.
With more than 100 world-class venues applying to become official team bases playing host to the world’s top players, host city signing ceremonies creating nationwide interest and excellent national and local government partnerships, strong progress is being made as France enters its final days as a future host.
The organising committee also outlined progress on its mission to deliver the most socially responsible and sustainable Rugby World Cup ever, based on a strategy of inclusivity, unity, regionality, responsibility and innovation.
Leading the World Rugby delegation in Paris was Tournament Director Alan Gilpin, who said: “With 100 days to go until France is passed the hosting ball from our friends in Japan, we are confident that everything is being put in place to ensure a very successful tournament that will further the reach and growth of the sport worldwide.
“Strong progress is being made. There is no doubt that four years out, France 2023 is the most advanced of any future hosts in its progress with a number of major operational milestones achieved and a strong, collective focus and drive across all stakeholders to deliver something truly special for teams and fans.
“France 2023 will be an event where everyone is welcome, everyone will play their part, and ultimately it will be an event which the people of France and the global rugby family can be proud of.”
With Japan 2019 set to be the most widely-viewed and socially-engaged rugby event ever, France 2023 are planning a number of exciting events in Japan during the tournament in addition to the traditional ‘handover’ celebrating France and France’s hosting.
France 2023 Organising Committee CEO Claude Atcher added: “This is an exciting time for France, the rugby community and the organising committee, but we continue to be focused on our objective of organising the most beautiful Rugby World Cup in 2023.
“In less than 100 days, we will accept from our friends in Japan the great honour and responsibility of hosting this prestigious tournament and serving the global rugby family.
"This four-year challenge is something that we are excited about. Our entire team is dedicated to this mission with commitment and energy and we will ensure that every second counts in delivering a special Rugby World Cup rich in meaning and passion.”