Rugby Union – World Cup 2023: Perpignan, Narbonne and Carcassonne in the race to host Portugal

Rugby Union – World Cup 2023: Perpignan, Narbonne and Carcassonne in the race to host Portugal

The Lusitanian crew will visit Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales this weekend. He will choose the facilities in which the Portuguese will train for the duration of the competition, in September and October 2023.

Friday, in Dubai, At the end of the game with a breathless scenario, Portugal, by snatching a draw (16-16) in the last minute against the United States, confirmed its qualification for the 2023 World Cup in France. Guys USAP Whore Mike Tader Thus he secured the last available ticket to this competition by winning the tournament in which Hong Kong and Kenya also appeared.

Now that all the participants are known, it remains to validate the base camp of the Portuguese team. This is the city that will host the delegation throughout the first phase of the competition (the first match on September 16, the last on October 8). The Lusitanias, who will be drawn into Group C with Wales, Australia, Fiji and Georgia, will play two matches in Toulouse (plus one in Nice and one in Saint-Etienne). So it makes sense that they are based in Occitania. Two teams have already verified their presence in the area. Japan, in Toulouse, and Samoa in Montpellier. Perpignan has always expressed the desire to have a nation as well. After Chile, contacts were made with the United States in the event of qualification. Of course, now that the Americans have been wiped out by Portugal, eyes have now turned towards that country.

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A visit from the staff this week

Since last week’s qualification, behind the scenes, many messages have been exchanged between the Occitani region, the World Cup organizing committee and the Portugal staff, whose director was none other than Patrice Lajesquet, the former coach of Biarritz, in particular, and the coach of the Portuguese national team. Appearances from the French national team from 2012 to 2015. He will be in the region during the week to visit the infrastructures that will be shown to him. According to our information, the Organizing Committee, which must submit three proposals for venues, has decided to present the infrastructures of the USAP in Perpignan, those of the RCN, in Narbonne and those of the USC, in Carcassonne. Patrice Lajesquet should come to the Tri-Cities at the end of the week.

On the sidelines of the France-Japan match, on Sunday, many exchanges took place on the subject. Kamal Chebli, vice president of the Occitani region, responsible for sports, who has campaigned for a long time to see Perpignan put back on the map of the 2023 World Cup, spoke at the reception of the Japanese ambassador and several members of the Japanese delegation. . There, he reaffirmed the strong ties between the Occitania region and Japan, but also confirmed that three teams will do well in 2023. He cited Japan and, by extension, in Toulouse, Samoa, in Montpellier and Portugal…to Perpignan.

A Perpignan favorite with a mixed choice between Aimy Giral and Sport Park

The selected city should be formalized next week. If Perpignan has no guarantee of a rating, he’s pretty much a favourite. If USAP facilities are a bit limited today for a team willing to score for the duration in the top 14, it could do the trick to host Portugal for a month. It is also a hybrid composition between the sports garden and the Aimé-Giral that has been proposed. At the first of the two sites, the team will use the NFL stadium for training and the existing USAP infrastructure (weight room, living space, locker rooms, etc.) on a daily basis, and the stadium for weekday opposition games and training sessions open to the public. In terms of hotel facilities, Villa Duflot, in the immediate vicinity of the Sports Park, was proposed in the application file.

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