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One of the most successful city-based rugby organizations in the world is Ile de France Rugby Committee (CIFR) that governs the sport in and around Paris. Founded in 1925, it is one of the the oldest rugby organizations in France. It numbers over 140 participating clubs for women and men, boys and girls high school age, seniors, and rugby for age groups aged 6,8,10, and 12. In addition it operates separate leagues for sevens rugby and for rugby fives (not to be confused with rugby fives handball).

The CIFR organizes seminars for players, referees, and administration to provide a constant flow of rugby-centered activities.

The main problem for rugby in Paris is the unavailability of inner-city fields, like the difficulty of cities throughout the world. To date, the CIFR has managed to obtain land to build seven new pitches with artificial turf. These are in constant use to accommodate all the clubs within the CIFR.

The CIFR also has inaugurated a summer time Paris 7s for high school aged boys and girl’s participants. It is called the “Capitals Tournament” and invites youth teams from the capitals of other nations, or major cities. The You Tube link to the 2017 event follows:

The next event will take place in 2019.

Each year, the French Rugby Federation gives a buffet each January, rotating the event around the twenty districts (arrondisements) of the city. This year it was in the 18th, and attended by CIFR members and the local rugby clubs within the 18th. Next year, it moves to the 19th with the same format.