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Rugby World Cup 2023: Tournament organisers apologise

The organisers of the Rugby World Cup have issued apologies to numerous fans who experienced disruptions during the tournament’s opening weekend in Marseille and Bordeaux.

Fans faced delays entering the stadium, causing some to miss the beginning of England’s triumph over Argentina in Marseille. Additionally, there were tram system problems in Bordeaux prior to Ireland’s victory over Romania on the same Saturday.

“We apologise to the fans who missed kick-off,” said France 2023 president Jacques Rivoal.

“It was our responsibility.”

Tournament director Michel Pousseau said: “We are very confident in our capacity and in the capacity of the organising committee to address these challenges and find the relevant solutions.

“We will never be complacent. Our ambition is to deliver the best for our fans. I want to acknowledge the frustration of our fans who could not make their way on time to the stadiums in Bordeaux and Marseille.”


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