Rugby: Why did France’s Le XV spend the last two weeks in Monaco?

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Monaco played host to France’s national rugby team from 3rd to 14th July, but what were Le XV de France doing in the Principality? 

Lots, as it happens.  

The national team managed to fit plenty into an 11-day stay, both on and off the pitch, including multiple meetings with Prince Albert II de Monaco, Princess Charlene and Monegasque officials as well as an open-to-the-public training session at the Stade Louis II that was attended by almost 4,000 local fans of the French team.

Hier soir, LL.AA.SS. le Prince Albert et la Princesse Charlène ont reçu l’équipe de France de Rugby pour une réception dans les jardins du Palais princier.L’équipe du #XVdeFrance est présente à Monaco depuis le 3 juillet dans le cadre de la préparation de la Coupe du Monde de Rugby qui aura lieu en France du 8 septembre au 28 octobre 2023.
© Photos : Éric Mathon / Palais princier
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco welcomed the team to a special reception in the gardens of the Palais Princier de Monaco. Photo credit: Éric Mathon / Palais Princier
The full team, from players to management, pictured with the Princely couple in the forecourt of the Palais Princier de Monaco. Photo credit: Éric Mathon / Palais Princier

But ultimately, the team was in the Principality as part of preparations for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, which France is hosting.  

The theme of training sessions was “high precision”, and Didier Deschamps, France’s national football team’s manager, was drafted in to assist Le XV in honing their skills ahead of what will be a huge home World Cup for the team.  

Almost 4,000 local fans came down to the Stade Louis II to watch the French team play and meet with their favourite players. Photo credit: Frédéric Nebinger / Monaco Communications Department
It wasn’t just rugby ball handling skills that the team worked on… Photo credit: Manuel Vitali / Monaco Communications Department

After a few days off, the team will soon be heading to the Centre National de Rugby in Essonne, near Paris, for another round of intense training sessions.  

The first match of the World Cup for the home team will open the tournament on 8th September, and see the French team face off against the New Zealand side.  

The French team will open the Rugby World Cup with a match against New Zealand on 8th September. Photo credit: Manuel Vitali / Monaco Communications Department


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