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Preparations for France’s hosting of Rugby World Cup 2023 continue to gather pace with World Rugby delighted with strong progress following the first official coordination meetings of the year in Paris.

With France set to receive the hosting rights ‘pass’ from Japan in less than nine months, the World Rugby delegation, led by Chief Executive Officer Brett Gosper and Tournament Director Alan Gilpin, praising the organising committee for achievement of key foundation deliverables over the past four months, including:

  • Launch of a striking new logo and visual identity that embodies the vision, passion and unity of a tournament that brings France and the world together through rugby and its character-building values.
  • Detailed host venue visits undertaken in January by a technical delegation, reinforcing World Rugby’s belief that France 2023 will have teams and fans at the heart of a nationwide celebration of rugby
  • Strong initial masterplan and roadmap guiding all aspects of foundation planning and operational delivery, including the process for selection of team base camps, and planning for the marketing and ticketing programmes
  • Evolution of the organising committee with key appointments completed and further recruitment planned as the organisation makes the transition from future to current host in late 2019
  • Strong budget progress that will underpin the successful delivery of the tournament for rugby and the host nation

Gosper said: “We enjoyed two days of productive meetings with our friends from the France 2023 Organising Committee, and it is clear that hosting preparations are in an excellent place.

“Driven by strong partnerships, a common goal and a clear roadmap, we believe that France 2023, a tournament that will celebrate 200 years since William Webb Ellis picked up the ball at Rugby School, will be an exceptional Rugby World Cup.”

The year ahead will be an important one in France’s hosting lifecycle as the team base camp host selection process begins, venue preparations continue and the formal hosting handover takes place at the end of Rugby World Cup 2019.