“Raw faces of Rugby” photographic exhibition in Sofitel Sydney Wentworth – until 25 September

at 1 year countdown to Rugby World Cup, France 2023

With just over 12 months until Rugby World Cup (External link) France 2023 kicks off, Atout France, in partnership with Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is proud to be illuminating many of the leading faces of rugby over the decades in a new and novel photographic exhibition.

Inspired by Jean-Pierre Pagès’ collection, les Gueules du Rugby, Raw Faces of Rugby features 22 inspiring Rugby World Cup images showcasing the power, the pace and the panache of many of the game’s top performers in recent decades. Rugby World Cup (External link) fans viewing the exhibition can joyously relive rugby’s magic moments, on and off the pitch.

Among the many powerful images curated from a series of collections that will resonate with Australian fans are Matt Giteau scoring against England in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, John Eales lifting the trophy after winning the final against France in 1999 and Will Genia scoring his team’s fourth try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D game between Australia and Georgia.

Featured are a handpicked selection of portraits from Jean-Pierre Pages’ les Gueules du Rugby: of those who have shaped rugby in France – from today’s icons to yesterday’s legends: Imanol Harinordoqui, Phillippe Sella, Vincent Clerc, Damien Traille, Guilhem Guirado, Vincent Clerc, Jo Maso and Pierre Berbizier.

For those planning to explore France in 2023, dates for the diary are September 8 (the All Blacks) and September 9 (The Wallabies). Both the opening match and the final will be held at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris, the country’s largest sports arena.

Nine stadiums are hosting Rugby World Cup 2023 games: Stade de Bordeaux (Bordeaux), Stade Pierre Mauroy (Lille), OL Stadium (Lyon), Stade Vélodrome (Marseille), Stade de la Beaujoire (Nantes), Stade de Nice (Nice), Stade de France (Saint-Denis), Stade Geoffroy Guichard (Saint-Étienne) and Stadium de
Toulouse (Toulouse)
. Saint-Etienne is the official team base for the Australian team during the Rugby World Cup France 2023.

Throughout France, the people of its many regions, towns and cities are preparing to throw open their doors and welcome thousands of rugby fans from around the world.

Rugby fans, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning your trip to France in 2023.

More info:

- Rugby World Cup:
https://au.france.fr/en/campaign/french-flair

https://au.france.fr/en/campaign/france-2023-rugby-world-cup

- Sofitel Wentworth:

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