Rugby League: France gives up organizing the 2025 World Cup

The competition’s organizing committee announced on Monday that France is giving up staging the 2025 Rugby World Cup due to a “financial viability” issue.

France 2025 said in a press release: “The board of directors has decided to abandon the organization of this international competition, which the international rugby union has entrusted to France.” “Despite all the work of the Organizing Committee, the deficit risk cannot be insured.”

The organizers said that “the financial viability conditions initially set by the state to support the project, which were set in January 2022, have not been fully met.” It was to be, after 1954 and 1972, the third edition of the World Cup to be played only in France, which also co-hosted the tournament in 2000 and 2013 with the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The 2025 World Cup was to bring together four competitions (women’s, men’s, wheelchair and youth) simultaneously over five weeks, in forty cities across the country. “This difficult decision was taken so as not to jeopardize the robustness of the models of major international sporting events that France wants to continue from now on,” the organizing committee said.

France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup from September 8 to October 28 ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics.

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