Allianz Riviera to host 2023 World Cup matches
France will be hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup in 2023, for the second time (the first time was in 2007), and the Allianz Riviera will be among the competition’s hosting stadiums.
Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, Chairman of Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur and Standing Chairman of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Regional Council had this to say:
“Our congratulations go to Bernard Laporte and to France’s entire 2023 team for their persistent faith in the project. France was able to beat the odds by advocating the high value of its application, which the international federations eventually went on to widely acknowledge. This success owes much to the excellence of the hosting districts, and among those was Nice, which made a substantial contribution on account of its stadium and its long experience in hosting major events… This is great news for our city and for this magnificent sport, which I have made into a personal priority for several years already. The 2023 World Cup is a tremendous opportunity for us to immediately start boosting rugby’s momentum throughout our district.”
France was chosen in London to the detriment of the other candidates Ireland and South Africa, even though the latter had been recommended on October 31st by World Rugby after finishing first on an assessment report.
Yet France finished first in both voting rounds: it got 18 votes in the first round (against 13 for South Africa and 8 faor Ireland), and 24 in the second, against 15 for South Africa.