The French Rugby Federation (FFR) has selected the 12 host venues for its bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, with seven applicants falling by the wayside.
The selection comes ahead of the deadline for submission of the bid dossier on June 1, with World Rugby set to choose between France, Ireland and South Africa at a meeting in November.
The FFR said it took account of four key factors when choosing its host venues, including stadium capacity, hotel capacity in the city, stadium infrastructure and host city experience of handling major events.
Paris will have two venues in a successful France 2023 bid, with the Stade de France (pictured) pencilled in to host the final and potentially a semi-final. Stade Jean-Bouin, home of Top 14 club Stade Francais, and the Parc des Princes, which hosts Ligue 1 football club Paris Saint-Germain, are the options for the other venue.
Elsewhere, the FFR’s venue masterplan is made up of: Bordeaux, Matmut Atlantique; Lens, Stade Bollaert-Delelis; Lille Métropole, Stade Pierre-Mauroy; Lyon, Parc OL; Marseille, Orange Velodrome; Montpellier, Stade de la Mosson; Nantes, Stade de la Beaujoire; Nice, Allianz Riviera; Saint-Etienne, Stadium Geoffroy-Guichard and Toulouse, Stadium de Toulouse.
The BFMTV.com website said bids from Le Mans (MMArena), Grenoble (Stade des Alpes), Le Havre (Stade Océane), Sochaux (Stade Bonal), Rennes (Roazhon Park) and Valenciennes (Stade du Hainaut) were not accepted.