London - Planning for Rugby World Cup 2023 has begun in
earnest with the first official coordination meetings between World Rugby and
the French Rugby Federation (FFR) in Paris this week.
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A World Rugby delegation, led by CEO Brett
Gosper and tournament director Alan Gilpin, met with FFR president Bernard
Laporte and leading officials of the FFR to further key areas of delivery
within the initial establishment phase, including:
of the organising committee that will run the delivery of rugby’s showcase
event in full partnership with World Rugby
of key planning milestones and timelines for activities in 2018 and 2019
of communication channels between stakeholders, including government
Underscoring the strength of the comprehensive and
ground-breaking host selection process, for the first time key tournament
provisions were secured prior to awarding, including all guarantee and
financial provisions, stadia and rights protection obligations.
Gosper commented via a press statement: "We enjoyed two days of highly-productive
meetings with our friends and colleagues at the FFR to begin the process of
converting a comprehensive, exciting and strong bid into action and start Rugby
World Cup 2023 hosting preparations in earnest.
"Global major events, including Rugby World Cup, cannot
be successfully delivered without partnership and a common vision and it is
exciting that the FFR’s vision and roadmap for delivery comes with the full
support of the French government and is fully aligned with our strategic goal
to further a strong and sustainable global game for all."
Laporte added: "Less than two months after the World
Rugby Council decision to award the hosting rights for Rugby World Cup 2023 to
France, we are already hard at work in collaboration with our partners and
friends at World Rugby to deliver what we hope will be the best tournament
France won the rights to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating South African and Ireland in a bidding process in November last year.