S WI S S R O L L

As Swit zer­land t ar get qualif ica­tion f or t he 2023 World Cup and 2024 Olympics, we in­ves­ti­gate the growth of rugby in the countr y

Rugby World - - SWITZERLAND - Words Char­lie In­gle­field // Pic­tures Stephanie Imober­steg, Getty Im­ages & Me­di­aPic­tures

THE MANTRA that Swiss rugby fol­lows is AvancerEnsem­ble, which trans­lates as ‘ad­vance to­gether’. Watch the YouTube clip of the cap­tain, CEO and kids alike spell­ing out the im­por­tance of re­spect and dis­ci­pline, among other qual­i­ties, and one quickly re­alises that this is a dif­fer­ent Swiss rugby en­vi­ron­ment to the pre­vi­ously am­a­teur set-up.

Un­til re­cently, rugby in Switzer­land was am­a­teur in every sense. Dom­i­nated by for­eign­ers who had been lured by the riches of the Swiss cor­po­rate mar­ket­place, rugby was played

with a cheers and beers

Pass and moveFly-half Bap­tiste Cariat off­loads for Switzer­land

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