The French Federation of Rugby (FFR) and their president Bernard Laporte have relaunched France’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Nice has thrown its name into the hat as a host city, among 15 others across the country.
Lille, Valenciennes, Lens, Le Havre, Rennes, Le Mans, Nantes, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Montpellier, Marseille, Nice, Saint-Etienne, Lyon, Grenoble and Nanterre: of all those who would like to be involved in the championship in five years' time, just 10 host cities will be chosen.
Nice’s bid was presented by José Corbos at a conference in Paris. He passionately spoke about the 2016 Euros in Nice and its success, stating that this opportunity to host the Rugby World Cup would also be a great moral boost for Nice.
France, Ireland and South Africa (the three other candidates for the World Cup) will present their case to World Rugby on 1st June and the chosen country will be announced 15th November.
The French national rugby team are currently in training in Nice from 16th to 23rd February.