The Toulouse Stadium has no longer hosted the French team since the test match against the Samoa, November 12, 2016. - M. Medina / AFP

  • Toulouse will be one of the nine host cities for the Rugby World Cup organized by France in 2023.
  • The Stadium will host four or five group matches.
  • But the 33,150-seat enclosure, the smallest in the competition, condemns the capital of French rugby to live the final stages from afar. It must also undergo work in order to be ready for the event.

In the rugby “mundillo”, the Stade Toulousain supporter does not have the reputation of having a modest victory. In his defense, his pride is based on an unrivaled track record: 20 titles of champion of France and four European Cups. A giant in French rugby, the capital of Occitania, on the other hand, appears to be one of the poor relatives of the World Cup scheduled in France from September 8 to October 21, 2023. The reason: its stadium, owned by the metropolis which, with its 33,150 seats, with the smallest capacity of the nine host cities.

👉 Deconcentration and opening of 2023 offices in the 9 host cities
👉 Recruitment of 9 site directors and 90 apprentices
👉 Inclusion of sportspeople in retraining phase

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- Rugby World Cup France 2023 (@ France2023) June 26, 2020

"The Stadium disqualifies Toulouse's bid for the final stages," explains Claude Atcher, the event's general manager, clearly. The quarters, half and finals will be the preserve of the big speakers, in Lyon (59,000 places), Marseille (67,400) and the Stade de France (81,300), Nice consolation: Atcher ensures to think about the granting of a fifth match of hen on Ramier Island, one more than initially planned or at the 2007 World Cup (there were two during the 1999 edition).

A preparation match for the XV of France planned in Toulouse

The All Blacks or Blues will tread the usual grass of the TFC (and more rarely of the Stade Toulousain) during the competition. The XV of Fabien Galthié must also come and play a match by the start of the World Cup, still according to the DG of France 2023, long in bickering with local authorities around the capacity of Toulouse to host such an event.

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The threat, brandished for a time, of depriving Mondial 2023 of the national capital of rugby (more to pressure than anything else) has not been implemented. But there is still work to do before meeting the standards of World Rugby, the demanding international federation.

La Beaujoire de Nantes also needs work

"There are two stages that must be the subject of long-term work, supported by local communities," says Atcher. These are the Beaujoire in Nantes and, of course, the Stadium. "There is a need to refresh the reception, to review the giant screens, the Wi-Fi [which shines by its absence in the Haut-Garonnais setting] ..."

Undersized to accommodate the most beautiful posters of international sporting events, the fourth city of France should remain in this situation for a very long time: the era is not for pharaonic public investments in this sector. In any case, the power of attraction of the TFC, the main host club of the Stadium and relegated to Ligue 2, does not justify them.

But the main thing is elsewhere for the various players in the dossier: the 2023 Rugby World Cup will go well through Toulouse. To find out which four or five posters will be played there, you will have to wait until the game schedule is announced on January 15, 2021. The group draw will take place on November 30.


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