The Lions in France for the World Cup 2023


The Rugby Football Club will be taking part in the Festival ‘Mondial du Rugby Amateur’ in Provence-Alpes-Cotes D’Azur region of France in September 2023. The Lions, celebrating their 150th Anniversary have been invited by Digne Les Bains a regional club whose ‘brain child’ it is to hold the inaugural competition, to coincide alongside the professional tournament.

The Rugby World Cup is the world's third largest sporting event in terms of spectators (outside the Olympic Games). The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region will be hosting the lion's share of the matches with an impressive 500,000+ spectators expected, along with hundreds of journalists from 175 countries.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur will be welcoming ten of the Rugby World Cup matches in 2023, in a fitting tribute to the region's dynamism and team spirit, from the host cities of Nice and Marseille to the tiniest village in the Luberon...

The Rugby Lions will represent England in the 20-team tournament, split up into four groups of 5 teams. The Lions group includes Japan, Argentina, Samoa and the USA. The fifteen other clubs representing their country include teams from New Zealand, France, Italy, Uruguay, Algeria, Wales, Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Chile, Scotland, South Africa, Tonga and Portugal.

Mal Malik for the Rugby Lions commented, ‘Taking part in this tournament will give our club a massive boost after a difficult two years, and the loss of Chairman David Owen. It is a huge opportunity for players, first and foremost as this trip will be the pinnacle for every player and official taking part. The region is beautiful and idyllic and the organisers have planned for tourism, memories and fun for all plus, the opportunity to watch a number of World Cup games.  We now have to work hard, be humble, earn respect and concentrate on being a rugby club that everyone can be proud of once again.’

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