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France to host 2023 RWC, Sth Africa livid

France to host 2023 RWC, Sth Africa livid”

In October South Africa was named as the preferred host nation in October after finishing in top place following a lengthy evaluation process.

That the 2023 Rugby World Cup has been awarded to France is a humiliation for World Rugby.

Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup has been "holed" but not sunk by the report which placed them third of the three bids, Philip Browne, the IRFU chief, told AFP in an interview.

Ireland had been eliminated after the first round of voting with just eight votes from 39, opening the way for a France-South Africa showdown.

France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after the Council of the sport's governing body surprisingly went against the recommendations of an extensive evaluation report in a secret ballot on Wednesday.

Stransky told South African media.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont defended the council's decision, saying it wasn't a repudiation of the independent audit.

"In 2023 it will be a diverse rugby team and prove to the world what Nelson Mandela said, that rugby is a great unifier".

The credibility of this process for World.

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"As our nearest neighbours, that is a huge disappointment to us".

"We have said throughout that we would honour both the letter and the spirit of the process and we now consider the 2023 bidding process closed".

"I believe that a tournament in Ireland would have been like no other".

"One has to ask the question, why has the vote gone against the recommendation when most of the unions said they would vote with the recommendation?"

"It's like losing in the 79th minute of a match when you're ahead", said Mark Alexander, the SA Rugby president who felt the need to apologise to the nation for raising its expectations. "When the Fifa World Cup was held there in 2010, we had a more than 20 percent uptake in players".

"We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed".

"We produced a compelling bid document that earned the unanimous recommendation of the Rugby World Cup board".

"We are disappointed today but we can look back with pride at the significant time and collaborative effort which had been put into our bid and which proved that Ireland has the credentials to host a Rugby World Cup".



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