The French Rugby Federation (FFR) has chosen the 12 cities that will form part of its bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The choice was made before France has to move on to the next stage of the bid on June 1.
The FFR said the high quality international stadia chosen gave it the largest spectator capacity available and the greatest possible hotel capacity in the venue cities. The venues chosen are:
- Bordeaux – Matmut Atlantique (42,000)
- Lens – Stade Bollaert-Delelis (38,000)
- Lille Métropole – Stade Pierre-Mauroy (50,000)
- Lyon – Parc OL (59,000)
- Marseille – Orange Vélodrome (67,000)
- Montpellier – Stade de la Mosson (32,000)
- Nantes – Stade de la Beaujoire (37,500)
- Nice – Allianz Riviera (35,000)
- Paris: Saint-Denis –Stade de France (80,000)
- Saint-Etienne – Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (42,000)
- Toulouse – Stadium de Toulouse (33,000)
Ireland and South Africa are also in the running to host the competition.
A technical review group from World Rugby travelled to South Africa (13-15 March), and is now on its way to Ireland (21-22 March) and France (30-31 March) to meet with representatives of each bid and offer advice and support to assist the bidding process.
The visits will provide an opportunity for candidates to discuss bid plans in detail, clarify any questions on the technical aspects or bid process and allow World Rugby to meet with government representatives.
World Rugby will also use the occasion to reiterate all expectations regarding guarantees and requirements to ensure a fair and transparent bidding process. The winner is due to be announced in November.
Image: Lyon’s Parc OL