irb.com and James Mortimer 01.Mar.2013International Rugby Board
Speaking at a star-studded RWC Sevens 2013 Pool Allocation Draw in the capital city, where the 24 men's and 16 women's teams representing 28 nations learned their opposition for the pool phase, the Frenchman said that event preparations are on track for what promises to be a spectacular three-day celebration of sport, culture and entertainment.
"I am confident that Russia 2013 will be a resounding success. It will be an event that will bring people together from across this great sporting country and around the world to have fun, enjoy world-class Rugby, and experience the very best of Russian hospitality."
"Russia is a great Olympic nation. The Russian people love Olympic sports, and as we continue to look forward to Rugby Sevens' Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016, this event represents a great opportunity to showcase our sport in growing Rugby markets and inspire interest and engagement in Russia and around the world."
"Planning and preparation is on track and Russia has a proud history of staging exceptional major sporting and cultural events. The Rugby Union of Russia and the Russian Government in partnership with the IRB will deliver a world class festival on and off the pitch. It will be a Rugby World Cup Sevens festival like no other."
The event itself was a symbol of how far Rugby World Cup Sevens has come since its inception in 1993. Legendary cosmonauts, Olympians and Rugby greats joined forces to draw the teams at the event, which was attended by a large number of media and broadcast live via Russia 2.