Around the world, many Rotarians are interested in rugby and consider its values to be totally consistent with those of Rotary.

The Rotary Fellowship of Rugby Fans was created to bring together all Rotarians - and friends - who are passionate about rugby, and share the values conveyed by this sport, and wish to take action through it both locally and internationally.

The membership is free to celebrate launch !

Gordon R. McInally, President of Rotary International and a founding member of the Fellowship, invites you to join up!

The World Cup, an opportunity for Rotary

Rugby's premier competition is an opportunity to raise Rotary's profile in France, with matches taking place from September 8 to October 28 in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.

We invite all Rotary clubs in these cities, as well as those who wish to join them, to propose and organize events that bring Rotary and rugby together.

On October 7, Rotary International President Gordon R. McInally will be the guest of District 1770 - where the Stade de France is located - and the following day he will be the guest of District 1700 in Toulouse. At both events, Rotarians will be able to meet the President over lunch (at the Grand Hôtel d'Enghien on October 7, and in Toulouse on October 8).

Saturday, October 7 :
Charity lunch at the Resort Barriere d'Enghien-les-bains

A privileged opportunity to talk personally with Gordon and learn more about Rotary, today and tomorrow.

On the occasion of the visit to France of Gordon McInally, International President of Rotary, come and take part in a moment of sharing and friendship, around the common values of Rotary and Rugby.

The opportunity to discover an integration through rugby initiative for youth from priority urban neighborhoods (QPV), which will be presented to Gordon (a former rugby player), in the presence of Jean-Claude Skrela, a leading figure in French rugby.

Encouraging partnerships

The Rotary Fellowship of Rugby Fans sets out to develop interactions with Rotary clubs and rugby clubs Partnerships have just been launched in Montreuil and Aulnay-sous-Bois, two communes in Seine-Saint-Denis.

A solidarity meeting was organized at the Rugby club, a private club in Paris, on the occasion of the Ireland-France Six Nations Tournament match, in front of large screens for fans who couldn't make it to Dublin.

The match was followed by a well-known commentator, Jean-Claude Skrela, who provided pre-match remarks, technical insights throughout the game.

Benefits of the event were donated to the ligue d’Île-de-France de rugby, partner of the Fellowship, to be used towards the project.

Local actions already carried out

Several actions have been taken as part of Rotary's commitment to the integration of young people from priority neighborhoods in the city (QPV) through rugby, in partnership with the Île-de-France Rugby League. This includes, in particular, an accompanying action for the Corbeil-Mennecy rugby club led by the Rotary clubs Évry Corbeil and Évry Val de Seine, supported by District 1770.

This rugby club - one of the oldest in France - has 150 members and its primary objective is to offer children from working-class neighborhoods the opportunity to participate in this sport. Students from around a dozen primary schools in this area of Essonne benefit from playing rugby. Tangible results have been observed, according to the volunteers, who have noted a calming effect on behaviors in these challenging neighborhoods.

This support initiative will continue in different forms, especially since the results are promising: 28 girls and 3 boys have qualified at the departmental level, and 6 girls have qualified at the regional level.

Jean-François Mistou, president of Rotary Évry Corbeil

Rotary and Rugby :
common values

An a global level, from September 8 onwards, the world cup is an opportunity for Rotary clubs to interact with all the fans, spectators and players coming to France from all over the world : a chance for Rotary clubs to take part in local events, both in match cities and in host cities.

On a local level, Rotary has become a partner of the Ligue île de France de Rugby to promote the integration of young people through rugby.

A project has already been launched to help young people in Priority Urban Neighborhoods (Quartiers Prioritaires de la Politique de la Ville - QPV).


Many other "Rotary / Rugby" projects are carried out around the world: our Fellowship's raison d'être is to create a link between all these initiatives.