September 08, 2021
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2023 RWC in great shape: Gilpin

World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin says the 2023 Rugby World Cup is in "great shape" with over a million tickets already sold.

Gilpin told AFP that the next World Cup in two years' time in France will host the showpiece event starting in September 2023.

Almost half of the 2.6 million tickets available have already been sold despite the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We're in great shape with two years to go. I think we couldn't have asked to be in a better place," Gilpin said.

"To sell a million tickets two years out from a World Cup shows you the excitement there is. A lot of those tickets were brought by people from outside France so it goes to show the excitement there. Now we have to deliver on that," he added.

Les Bleus will face three-time winners New Zealand in the opening game on September 8, 2023 at the 80,000-capacity Stade de France.

By Romeka Romena  


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