South Africa Triumphant Again at Action-Packed Rugby World Cup 2023 in France
Saint-Denis hosted a spectacular final between rugby giants as South Africa won their fourth Webb Ellis Cup against New Zealand.
In front of a sell-out 80,000 fans at Stade de France and global audience of hundreds of millions, the Springboks were crowned champions after 6 intense weeks of competition across France.
The tournament provided respite from recent challenges, bringing joy to fans worldwide. Over 51 remarkable days, France welcomed rugby supporters to share in the game’s 200th anniversary celebrations. Passionate crowds filled stadia nationwide, immersing in rugby’s drama and excitement.
A World Cup of firsts, debutants Chile gained invaluable experience as underdogs Portugal made history with their maiden win. Fiji contributed to the most thrilling weekend ever, with all four quarter-finals decided in final minutes.
Off-field, France 2023 set new social responsibility standards, connecting teams and communities. LGBTQ+ rights gained awareness, player welfare advanced and sustainable transport ensured minimal environmental impact.
Key Tournament Figures:
– Over 4 million total attendees, including 2.4 million stadium spectators
– Average 50,000+ attendance per match
– 3.1 billion social media impressions
– 800 million+ global TV viewership
– 230 million domestic audience on TF1, M6 and France TV
– 4,400 welcoming volunteers for 600,000 international fans
– 325 tries scored across 48 matches
Lasting Legacies Beyond the Pitch:
– €1 million raised for official charity Rugby au Coeur
– 1,400 youth trained in event, security and tourism management
– 60 community engagements by teams including 28 open trainings
– Highest sustainability of any Rugby World Cup with over 80% green transport
“France 2023 was our greatest celebration of togetherness and fitting 200th birthday for rugby,” said World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont. “We witnessed compelling rugby, vibrant host cities and record-breaking engagement on every level, showcasing the sport’s finest qualities.” In addition, you can also read an article on- World Cup Heads into Epic Finale As France Wins Big Before the Whistle
Beaumont congratulated champions South Africa and all teams for captivating performances and engagement. “Special thanks to officials, volunteers, fans and France for delivering an unforgettable event that has enhanced rugby’s future,” he added.
France 2023 Chairman Jacques Rivoal said the tournament met its aim of the greatest ever Rugby World Cup. “Teams went beyond expectations with community engagement, and we must thank the fans who travelled to share in rugby’s celebration of togetherness that created lifetime memories,” he remarked.
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