— Published 1 June 2023

First recycled medals

One stage. The last one before the three strikes. The organizing committee for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France (September 8 to October 28) took advantage of the 100 days to go before the opening match, on Wednesday May 31, to unveil the tournament medals. Struck by the Monnaie de Paris, they are made from recycled components from 206,000 cell phones. A large proportion of these were collected from French rugby clubs (138 phones are needed to make one medal). In all, no fewer than 1,491 medals will be distributed during the tournament. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the teams finishing in the top three places: the winner of the Webb Ellis Trophy, the runner-up and the winner of the bronze final. Participation medals will also be awarded to all players taking part in the 2023 World Cup. Each medal is topped by a stylized Arc de Triomphe. The World Cup logo is embossed on one side, while the other features the William Webb Ellis trophy and the dates “1823-2023“.