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Chabal to lead Rugby World Cup players’ committee

Sebastien Chabal, the iconic former France rugby union national team star, has been appointed chairman of a new players’ committee that has been established for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The committee, which has been created following a meeting of the event’s organisers, will comprise current and retired players with the aim of suggesting proposals to enhance the experience of players at the tournament in France.

“Playing in a Rugby World Cup is an unforgettable experience in a player's career,” said Chabal, who played at number eight and lock forward for Bourgoin, Racing Métro and Lyon in France and Sale in England during his career.

“Having participated twice in this competition, I would like to put my experience at the service of France 2023 in order to provide the best conditions for players so that we put on the best display possible for the public.”

Chabal (pictured far right, alongside other members of the team behind France's successful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup), also picked up 62 caps for France.

The players’ committee will ask the tournament’s teams to submit information about training camps and other logistical details in order to assist with their planning.