The Rugby Union World Cup is set to return to France more than 70 years after the nation hosted the inaugural tournament, with French Prime Minister Jean Castex announcing details of the successful 2025 bid on Tuesday.
France has been the IRL’s favorite venue for the 2025 World Cup and FFRXIII President Luc Lacoste has secured the support of the French government to organize the tournament in 40 towns and villages across the country.
A press conference will take place in Paris on Tuesday, which is expected to host the opening game and the finals of the enlarged World Cup with men’s, women’s, wheelchair and youth tournaments.
A press release from Lacoste and IRL President Troy Grant confirmed that France won the 2025 World Cup and that “full details of the event will be revealed” at the press conference.
“The Prime Minister will announce the launch of the Rugby Union World Cup, which will be organized by France in 2025,” said a press release from the FFRXII.
âThis international event, which has not been organized in France for more than 50 years, will help promote the influence of French sport and aims to irrigate the entire territory, by being organized in around forty municipalities.
France hosted the 1972 World Cup final between Australia and England, who retained the Paul BarriÃ¨re Trophy after the match ended in a controversial 10-10 draw following the refusal of a test behind the Kangaroos Graeme Langlands.
BarriÃ¨re was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Rugby Union World Cup in 1954 after more than two decades of lobbying by French officials.
The 2025 tournament will be the 17th edition of the World Cup and it is expected that the number of teams and matches will exceed that of the RLWC2021 carried over to England at the end of the coming season.
In addition to adding a Youth World Cup, France’s proposal included doubling the women’s and wheelchair teams from eight each in this year’s tournament to 16 each in 2025, putting them on a par with the competition. masculine.
The World Cup bid had the backing of seven-time NRL-winning coach Wayne Bennett and Sydney Roosters mentor Trent Robinson, who is the coaching director of FFRXIII.
Bennett went with Grant to a meeting with the Consul General of France Anne Boillon to propose that the World Cup be in France 12 months after the Paris 2024 Olympics and two years after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The French consulate in Sydney tweeted the announcement of the 2025 World Cup on Saturday.