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France Awarded JWC 2013 and Womens Rugby World Cup 2014

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France has been awarded the right to host the IRB Junior World Championship in 2013 and the Womens Rugby World Cup in 2014.

Since the IRB Junior World Championship began in 2008 almost 100 players have progressed to win full Test caps for their countries, underscoring its significant development role.

Many of the players on show in Italy at the Junior World Championship 2011 look set to follow the likes of Mathieu Bastareaud, Benjamin Fall and Wencelas Lauret for France, and other graduates including David Pocock, Patrick Lambie, Courtney Lawes and Zac Guildford to Test stardom.

The International Rugby Board is delighted to be awarding France the right to host the IRB Junior World Championship in 2013, said IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset. The Fdration Franaise de Rugby, with its considerable major event hosting experience, is perfectly positioned to not only deliver an outstanding showcase for the future stars of world Rugby, but also a platform for Rugby to continue to reach out to new audiences and participants across France.

With France also having been awarded Womens Rugby World Cup 2014, this announcement underlines the appetite for hosting major international Rugby events following the tremendous success of Rugby World Cup 2007. I am sure that both events will be tremendously successful.

Womens  rugby is becoming increasingly competitive, with emerging rugby nations such as Brazil, Kenya, China and Russia all committed to development and performance programmes, while Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow promises to underscore the global nature of womens rugby.

Womens Rugby World Cup is the premier event in womens fifteens rugby and since its inception in 1991 has provided the impetus for the global growth of the womens game, said Bernard Lapasset, who is also RWCL Chairman.  In awarding the seventh Womens Rugby World Cup 2014 to the FFR, we felt that the tournament would be ideally positioned to capitalise on the phenomenal success of Womens Rugby World Cup 2010 and elevate the womens game to new heights.

IRB Womens Development Manager Susan Carty said, These are exciting times for Womens Rugby, with over 200,000 women currently playing the game in over 100 countries around the world. In 2006 the IRB unveiled a Strategic Plan specifically for the womens game which provided the impetus for the growth around the world, the strengthening of Womens Rugby World Cup and the introduction of Womens Rugby World Cup Sevens. The introduction of a womens RWC Sevens competition in Dubai in 2009 was a huge success and the Womens RWC 2010 in England showcased womens rugby to the world.

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