Claude Atcher

Position: CEO, Rugby World Cup France 2023

Claude Atcher was born on December 6th, 1955 in the South of France. Holder of a master's degree in psychology from the University of Toulouse, he practiced as an educator of the judicial protection of youth attached to the Ministry of Justice.

He played rugby as n°8 with the club of Nimes and then with the Racing Club de France. He was runner-up of the National Championship in 1987 with this club. He was selected at several times with France A team and 6 times with the National team as substitute.

Claude Atcher is a renowned expert in the field of sports events. After working on major international sport events (Football World Cup 1990, Summer Olympics 1992, Mediterranean Games 1993 and 2001 ...), he came back to “his first love” by leading the successful bid of France to host the Rugby World Cup 2007. In the Organizing Committee, he became COO and General Manager.

Adviser to the International Rugby Board, Claude Atcher also advised the Japanese Rugby Union, with which he got the organization of the Rugby World Cup 2019, the first-ever Rugby World Cup on the Asian continent. Then he made the treble as Head of France 2023 bid, that he leads to success. Since May 15, 2018, he is the CEO of the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Organizing Committee.