Rugby – The details of the future “Hall Of Fame” of RC Toulon revealed

François Pesenti, executive director of the RCT and Bernard Lemaître, president of the Rugby Club Toulonnais this morning for the presentation of the Hall of Fame (credit: Sport Buzz Business)

Mythical club of French rugby, the Rugby Club Toulonnais today announced the establishment of a Hall Of Notoriety in American fashion. The first in the history of French sport and world rugby according to the descriptions.

This is the first one hall Notoriety of French sport, we are very, very proud that it is at the RCT ». This is how the speech of Bernard Lemaître, president of the Rugby Club Toulonnais. This morning in the Sports d’Époque store located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, the RCT invited a few journalists to announce the launch of a “Hall Of Notoriety “. This “Hall of Fame” in French, is a commemoration widely distributed in the United States, especially in the NBA to honor basketball legends.

A way for Toulon, which has been struggling to regain its best level in recent years, to reconnect with its glorious past.On trying to build or rather rebuild a club that was very bad 4 years ago. » detail Bernard Lemaître. The aim is also to pass on part of the club’s history to the youngest fans of the Rugby Club Toulonnais.It is a reference to our history and a very deep tribute to all the men who wrote it. continues the president.

A first in French sport

For this first in French sport and during the choice of the name of the device, the American influence was made according to.We could have called it “The Gallery of Legends”, it sparked debate. But today, that doesn’t mean much even to French sports fans. »explains François thoughtexecutive director of RCT.While for any French sports fan a “Hall of Notoriety » that immediately means something because it refers to Michael Jordan and all the legends of sport. I think it’s more understandable by a large majority of fans, regardless of generation. »

Especially since 10 years ago, the club had honored some of its legends on cobblestones with the “Avenue des Légendes” device.

A device that could inspire other clubs, and not just rugby. “J.I believe that this will arouse vocations. », continues Francis thought.We are discussing with the pro sport ecosystem, there will be other initiatives in the matter. It’s nice to be the first, but I think it’s something that will become recurrent in French sport. »

From this season, therefore, 5 most iconic players in the RCT will thus be inducted into the Hall of Notoriety of the cluband this every year. This novelty will be developed in connection with the fans of the club and of rugby in general since they are the ones who will choose the players who will enter this hall of fame. This Hall of Fame is one of the initiatives presented a few months ago by the club as part of its future development.

The dates keys of this Hall of Notoriety

Starting today at 6 p.m., it will be possible to pre-select 15 players from a pool of 150 legends. On December 14, a selection committee, made up of personalities from the club, rugby and also from other worlds such as the writer Marcel Ruffowill formalize the 15 shortlisted. All the eligibility criteria have not yet been defined and this selection committee is refining them before the next stage.

From January 10 to 15, 2023, voters will designate 5 players from among these “15 finalists”. A few months later, on March 4, this same committee validates the first 5 entrants in the Hall Of Notoriety from RCT. They will also be announced the same day, at half-time of the match against Stade Français at Stade Félix. Mayol from Toulon.

It should also be noted that coaches, but also managers could enter this Hall of Notoriety. High point for the RCTa gala evening organized at the end of April 2023 will bring together rugby personalities to honor the first participants. An evening than Francis thought wants to mediate.On wants to give it a national and international character so there will be important media partnerships. It is a means of opening up to all audiences. Not everyone can be invited to the evening, but we want everyone to share this evening. world. » An auction for charity will also take place during this evening.

“The Hall of Notoriety will be part of device note metaverse »

As part of the development of the Rugby Club Toulonnais in the virtual world, this “Hall of Notoriety will thus be part of the device metaverse of the club. ” This which will make it possible to have augmented reality, 3D, that will be part of the things that we will put in place. » adds Francois thought. A collection NFT dedicated will even be unveiled soon.

A range of official products linked to the “Hall of Notoriety will be available on the internet and physical stores of the RCT. These vintage jerseys will also be sold in the points of sale of the official club dressers such as “Sports D’Époque” and “Blacks Legend “. For the moment, no design has yet been formalized.

The club also announces that other private or public partners can also participate in this event as in the gala evening.

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