In order to promote the competition which will take place in France from September 8 to October 28, 2023, the organizers have set up a partnership with the SNCF, which materialized with the circulation of the Rugby tour by SNCF.
“It is presented as an exhibition train of four cars which would honor the 2023 Rugby World Cup, both from a sporting and societal point of view”, details the organization of the project. “With 80% of French people within 2 hours of the competition, the 2023 Rugby World Cup will not be the event of a single city, but of an entire country”, she continues.
Thus, from July 21 to November 12, 2022, the 2023 Rugby World Cup will travel across the country, in 51 cities, on board a train that will connect rugby and the French. A 114-day tour in the territories, as close as possible to clubs and fans, where 11,000 kilometers will be covered in 4 months. It will stop at Pau station on August 22 and 23.
Four cars and several activities
The first car of the exhibition will offer the first match of the tournament, France – New Zealand in virtual reality, and to dive a year before into the atmosphere of the Stade de France, as if you had thought of it! In this space, several activities will be offered such as measuring one’s strength through the melee game.
The assumed ambition of the organizers of this event is to connect all territories to the great rugby festival. This ambition also involves several projects set up by France 2023, which will be presented in car 2. “From the Campus 2023 apprenticeship program to the chefs of the XV of Gastronomy focused on short circuits, through the projects carried by the Rugby Heart Endowment Fund and the Wheelchair Rugby World Cup, the positive impact of the event should benefit everyone, on and off the pitch. »
The William Webb Ellis trophy will also be on the trip
Sporting and cultural anecdotes, striking figures, history in the competition… In car 3, the teams qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will have no more secrets for you. You will be able to discover the teams of the competition, their jerseys and their key actions.
Finally, in car 4, the curious could approach the star of this exhibition since the William Webb Ellis trophy, Grail of every rugby player, raised every four years by the captain of the winning team, will also be on the trip. While rugby will celebrate next year the 200th anniversary of the disruptive gesture of the Englishman, inventor of rugby, this car will invite you to immerse yourself in the heart of history.
VIP tickets for the France – New Zealand opening match will also be up for grabs, with the big Family 2023 game.