Rugby: the plea of ​​François Rivière, the president of the USAP, for the affect of the 2023 World Cup


The president of the USAP publishes a discussion board to push for the creation of a well-liked momentum across the occasion.

Far forward of soccer which, once more this week has created controversy by its distance from our every day lives, rugby is the game most appreciated by the French (supply BVA March 2022). That is actually defined by the values ​​it conveys reminiscent of respect, humility and sharing, versus the world of cash, particular person stardom, indecent transfers from a monetary viewpoint, violence within the stadiums, non-respect … briefly, of those schemes up to now faraway from the present considerations of the French.


A contact sport, rugby is in truth a sport of proximity: proximity between the gamers after all, but in addition with the authority (the referee), the employees (who’s even licensed to enter the sector) and naturally the supporters who share feelings throughout and after matches. This proximity can be expressed by the volunteers within the 1000’s of rugby faculties who prepare our younger individuals within the depths of our territories.

“It should make France shine by combining the spirit of rugby with the values ​​of the Republic”

In 2023, our nation could have the possibility to arrange the Rugby World Cup. Third world sporting occasion, it’s a unprecedented alternative to host a well-liked second of sturdy nationwide cohesion across the values ​​of rugby. As a result of the success of this prestigious occasion can solely be collective, by mobilizing all of the very important forces of our territories. By construction and historical past, rugby in France is a territorial sport. The 2023 World Cup will illustrate this by way of a corporation centered on them, a need to make them the primary companions and an ambition to affiliate them with the animation of the occasion.

An actual rehearsal earlier than the 2024 Olympic Video games, it should make France shine by combining the spirit of rugby with the values ​​of the Republic. It’s time for France, its residents and its territories to study to be reconciled inside our Nation. The Rugby World Cup will likely be embodied in France, however it’ll additionally embody France within the eyes of the entire world.

Past simply sporting competitors, will probably be a vector of social and financial progress for all of our territories. On this sense, GIP France 2023 has made unprecedented commitments when it comes to optimistic influence, inclusion and respect for social and environmental points.

Distinctive advantages

The 2 billion euros of financial influence that it’s going to generate all through the territory will likely be accompanied by the creation and assist of 17,000 jobs, in addition to the coaching of two,000 apprentices as a part of Campus 2023.

The 4,000 volunteers can even play a key position within the organisation, on the coronary heart of the ten host cities of the competitors. They are going to be concerned in all areas of the occasion, together with reception of spectators or match providers, together with accreditations, communication and advertising and marketing actions, media operations and even sports activities presentation. It would even be, for instance, a novel alternative to advertise the French agricultural and meals sectors by highlighting native merchandise, consultant of our territories.

The advantages of the occasion will after all be used to develop and promote the follow of rugby all through the territory (a dedication included within the founding settlement of the GIP and monitored by the Heritage Committee chaired by Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Federation).

However above all and above all, this occasion will provide us an exquisite alternative to search out ourselves all behind this extraordinary second of sharing, vitality and likewise ambition: these are moments that collectively forge the morale of a winner; a profitable morale that all of us want a lot right now and whose results will take us far past the world of rugby alone.

“France 2023 should have the ability to carry us nearer”

In a depressing context underpinned by nice financial and social uncertainties, a France of territories and residents that’s crumbling, a divorce of residents from the political world and its leaders who’re however very dedicated, a break between city France and rural France, greater than ever, our nation wants this proximity, each geographical and human, to get out of this sense of indifference wherein many territories and lots of French individuals have been plunged.

This proximity, the collective enthusiasm and its optimistic vitality ought to allow us to contribute to breaking the disconnection felt between the elites and the inhabitants, between the key decision-makers and the gamers within the discipline, between the establishments and the native communities which is origin of a lack of confidence, skilled and voluntary disengagement, electoral abstention, resignation or irreducible opposition.

France 2023 should have the ability to carry us collectively, to create hyperlinks and cohesion between French women and men and to contribute to committing us all collectively and with new vitality within the fray of a refoundation of which our nation has right now a lot wanted.

François Rivière is President of USAP, skilled rugby membership of Perpignan evolving in TOP14 & Administrator of GIP France 2023 in control of the group of the Rugby World Cup in France in 2023

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