THE French tourist board in Australia is pulling out the rugby big guns in a bid to attract the 2023 World Cup competition, with France up against South Africa and Ireland.
At an event in Sydney this week Atout France’s inimitable leader Patrick Benhamou hosted a band of “rugby friends of France” including legendary “no 5” John Eales and George Gregan, the most capped Wallaby of all time (pictured), to send an unmistakable message to the 38 voters who will select the venue for the tournament – five of whom are from the Australia & Oceania region.
Benhamou used the rugby muscle to stress that the existing infrastructure, previous experience and “the touristic lure of our country…will be fantastic assets for selection”.
He noted that more than 10,000 Australian fans attended the previous World Cup in France a decade ago.
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Source: Travel Australia