The Rugby Train takes Clermont passengers on a 2023 World Cup adventure

09:16 – November 14, 2022


The visitors were able to think about the Rugby World Cup, the Webb Ellis trophy. – © Guillaume Bonnaure

The France 2023 Rugby Tour train stopped in the Auvergne capital on November 7 and 8. Boarding this train, passengers could immerse themselves in the history of rugby and already live in the rhythm of the 2023 World Cup.

SASM supporters or players, schoolboys, rugby school graduates, ASM Romagnat players or just curious, passengers of the train heading to the 2023 Rugby World Cup met on the platforms. from Clermont-Ferrand station on November 7 and 8.

The Rugby France 2023 tour, which has traveled to more than 50 cities in France, stopped in the Auvergne capital. And we can say that Clermontois did not miss this train…

“This operation was a complete success,” explains Pierre Millet, director of the Saint-Étienne area for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. In Clermont-Ferrand, the flow was continuous during these two days. We also had many students thanks to the joint work with the city and the Academy. »

Visitors were able to walk through the various carriages to discover rugby in its entirety, from the rules to the national anthems through the great moments of the Rugby World Cup since 1987.

A “check” on Ntamack

From the first car, we are immersed in the heart of the France-New Zealand opening match that will take place at the Stade de France on October 8, 2023 in virtual reality thanks to Meta technology. With special glasses we find ourselves in the corridor of the dressing room with the XV players of France. With them, we enter the lawn and experience the atmosphere as if we were there with fireworks and giant fans in blue, white, red. Of course, we sang the Marseillaise… and even checked on Romain Ntamack, France’s flyhalf, to encourage him.

In other machines you can find a presentation of positive impact projects developed with the territories, such as “Mêlée des Chœurs” launched with singer Mika to allow 7,000 young people to sing hymns with the players. There is also this XV of gastronomy consisting of 15 great chefs. Recipes served in hospitality and refreshment bars will include local specialties in all host cities, but chefs will also prepare dishes related to the match poster.

All rugby

Other associations are “promoted” such as “Rugby at the Heart”, which develops rugby in schools, hospitals and neighborhoods or Campus 2023 which trains 2000 young people in sports, tourism and security.

Wheelchair rugby is also entitled to its “exposure”. The World Wheelchair Rugby Championship will take place at the same time as the “valid” one for the 2024 Olympic Games with the Paralympic sports.

In the last carriages, we could see the jerseys of each selection signed by the players and worn during the last matches and hear the national anthems sung by the students of the “Mêlée des Chœurs”.

Also on display were the legendary Webb Ellis trophy and other iconic objects from the last 9 editions such as balls that have made the history of this sport.

We were able to review the competition’s biggest proofs and legendary hacks. Finally, the visitors were also able to play to win places for the France-All Blacks opener.

Grégory, wearing his ASM sweatshirt, and his daughter Maylis had a great time. “It’s beautiful, it’s very nice and my daughter loved it,” he explained before leaning on the station platform. The details, World Cup history and anecdotes about the players are excellent. You don’t necessarily have to be a rugby fan to have a good time. In addition, we finish this trip with the Webb Ellis trophy. We have to hold it now. »

A wish shared by all the passengers of the 2023 rugby train and by all lovers of the France XV.

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