— Published 24 June 2022

World Rugby is concerned

France 2023

It was to be expected: the malaise in the organising committee of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France has not left the discipline’s world body indifferent. World Rugby expressed its concern on Thursday 23 June after the daily newspaper L’Equipe revealed that working conditions at France 2023 had deteriorated, to say the least. “World Rugby has separately been part of its concerns with the committee’s board and the French Rugby Federation, the body explained in a statement. We note that the matter is being considered by the France 2023 Ethics Committee and we welcome the French Sports Ministry’s call for a comprehensive investigation to be undertaken by the labour office. It would be inappropriate to comment further until the outcome of these ongoing investigations is known.” World Rugby’s reaction came a day after the new Sports Minister, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, decided to refer the matter to the Labour Inspectorate and the France 2023 Ethics Committee.