The World Army Rugby Union Championship kicked off this Wednesday, August 16, 2023 in Pontevedra. This year’s tournament, which will take place at various sites in Brittany, will culminate in Vonne on September 10, where the final will be held at La Rabaine.
This is the first time that the controversial, once every four year competition, which brings together twelve nations, will be contested in Brittany. Having missed out on future Rugby World Cup fixtures to be held in France in September, it is only natural that the Oval chiefs stage the tournament in Breton fields.
Other causes were considered. The presence of numerous military units especially from the Navy and Army played into the balance. The involvement of the regional league and its president, Fabrice Quénéhervé, as well as many clubs and societies, made it possible to change the investigation. Fewer than 2,000 volunteers, mostly from these clubs, are involved in the organization. They can help with logistics or entertainment.
Meetings at Plouzané, Brest and Plabennec
On the participant side, 500 people or 38 per representative participated in the competition. Thirty players, coaches, trainers and comrades, sometimes from as far afield as Japan, New Zealand, Uzbekistan and the current defending champions Fiji Islands.
In Finistère, which includes, among others, Brest University Club, Rugby Club Blabenec, Releg Gerhune Rugby and Plousané AC Rugby, nine matches will be organized. The first meeting of this fourth edition of the world against Australia on Saturday 19 August 2023, the French team will play in Plousané. Other matches scheduled in Brest: United Kingdom v Georgia, Wednesday August 23 (7pm), at the Petite Gersau Complex in Brest and the Cup semi-final, Saturday September 2 (3pm and 6pm), at the Kerio Stadium in Blabenek.
FRANCE-AUSTRALIA at Kéramazé Stadium in Blois, Saturday August 19 at 3:30pm Admission: €5, under 18s and disabled free. Finish the program cmmr-bretagne2023.com
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