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28 September 2019

Nice, host city of the 2023 Rugby World Cup

It is official, the City Council of the City of Nice has approved the signing of the Partnership Agreement which guarantees its status as host city of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. This partnership agreement organizes 4 matches of the 2023 Rugby World Cup at the Nice stadium. After Saint-Etienne, Lille and Marseille, Nice thus becomes the 4th metropolis to officially commit itself for the World Cup 2023.

A World Cup in the heart of France

Ville sportive, déjà hôte de plusieurs événements sportifs de premier plan (UEFA Euro 2016, Coupe du Monde féminine de la FIFA 2019) et des concerts de renom (Beyoncé et Jay-Z, Céline Dion), Nice accueillera la Coupe du Monde de Rugby pour la première fois de son histoire.

Sporty city and already host of several major sporting events (UEFA Euro 2016, 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup) and renowned concerts (Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Celine Dion), the city of Nice will host the Rugby World Cup for the first time in its history.

The promise of success in the Côte d'Azur, as the 2023 Rugby World Cup will generate significant economic and social benefits for the host cities and metropolitan areas: 1.1 billion euros of direct impact, including 215 million for the South Region, and 17,000 jobs created or supported.

This partnership confirms the shared determination of the Organising Committee and the host cities to build the 2023 Rugby World Cup around the territories, and to create until 2023 a great moment of celebration and sharing with the French people. 

Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice : "Nice now has all the assets to host very large sporting events, as we have already done with the 2016 Euro football tournament and the 2019 Women's World Cup. Our stadium has already demonstrated that it can be a magnificent venue for rugby with matches from RC Toulon, the France-Scotland match on 17 August as we prepare to host the Top 14 semi-finals next June. We will also mobilize all our energy and know-how to ensure that teams, officials and supporters have an exceptional stay in Nice in four years' time. The City of Nice has great ambitions for rugby and this event is a new step in the reconquest of this sport on our territory."

Claude Atcher, Chief Executive Officer of France 2023 : " Between the Alps and the Mediterranean, Nice has a great sporting tradition. Here, nature is sublimated, it encourages people to practice all disciplines. Rugby has been present in Nice for more than 100 years. The city is a showcase celebrated by all the players who have worn the red and black jersey, starting with brothers Herrero André and Daniel. For the 2023 World Cup, the Nice stage is a matter of course, for spectators and television viewers it embodied the chance to find themselves on a marvel: the Côte d'Azur, a French pride recognized and admired throughout the world. "

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