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World Rugby has praised continued strong hosting progress following the recent round of Rugby World Cup 2023 coordination meetings in Paris this week.

World Rugby / France 2023 meetings in May 2019

World Rugby has praised continued strong hosting progress following the recent round of Rugby World Cup 2023 coordination meetings in Paris this week.

France will assume the status of current hosts from Japan on November 2, and the World Rugby delegation, led by tournament director Alan Gilpin, praised the Organizing Committee for Strong Grounds Progress, including:

  • Strong basic planning across all functional areas that underpin a very successful and special tournament
  • Strong master plan and roadmap that governs all aspects of ground planning and operational delivery
  • Excellent local and central public authorities, especially for signing host cities and host cities
  • Strong budget progress that will support the successful delivery of the rugby and host country tournament
  • Detailed ticket and marketing strategy planning, driving engagement and access to rugby showcase event
  • The development of the organizational committee with key appointments completed and further recruitment planned as the organization makes the transition from future to present host at the end of 2019

At the end of last year, World Rugby, in collaboration with the organizing committee, launched a striking new logo and visual identity that highlights vision, passion and unity in a tournament that will bring France and the world together through rugby and its character-building values.

Additional progress is generated across venues and host cities following detailed technical visits and advances in host city agreements. These components become the heartbeat of a tournament that holds and fans at the heart of a nationwide celebration of rugby.

Gilpin said: "We have had very productive meetings with our friends in the France 2023 Organizing Committee, and with just over four years to go, it is clear that hosting preparations continue to evolve rapidly.

"It is very encouraging to see such strong advances across all key areas from host preparation and hosting to budget and budget management, and in many respects they are ahead of previous hosts at this time in the hosting cycle.

"This year culminates in the transition from the future to the current hosts after the Rugby World Cup 2019 final on November 2, and we are confident that we will launch for a new hosting cycle ahead of a truly amazing tournament that will be team and fan centered. "

With awareness of France's hosting high and excitement growing in the host country, France 2023 Organizing Committee is focused on ensuring that the Rugby World Cup 2023 is a tournament for the whole of France while showing the best of France for visited teams and fans in a year there will celebrate 200 years since William Webb Ellis fetched the football and burned a trail for a truly global sport.

France 2023 Organizing Committee CEO Claude Atcher said: "We have a great ambition for the Rugby World Cup 2023. This event will represent the whole of France because it will be a social event. Therefore, we have chosen to work very early and unite all our partners, but also many personalities, for whom rugby means much more than a sport.

"This preparation time is also an opportunity to involve the French people closer to the field. In the coming weeks, the first agreements with the host cities and regions will be signed, which will launch our programs in all areas very specifically.

"Our projects are progressing at a good pace, and I dedicate to the whole of France 2023 team. The transfer in Japan in November will be a symbolic moment and very strong – we have in our hands the organization of this wonderful event. From it momentarily we will realize our ambition to create our community of fans, young people and families. "

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