Rugby World Cup 2023 hosts to be decided today

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

Black humour was the only refuge for South African rugby officials on Wednesday after they lost out in the vote to stage the 2023 World Cup, a global event the nation had been convinced was in the bag.

The World Rugby Council disregarded the recommendation of an evaluation report to hand the tenth edition of its showpiece tournament to South Africa.

The tournament also comes a year before France hosts the 2024 Olympic Games.

Ireland were eliminated after the first round when they secured eight of the 39 available votes to the 13 of South Africa and 18 of France.

With Ireland dropping out, France beat South Africa by 24 votes to 15 in the second round.

"The ability to submit clarification requests following the publication of the recommendation and comprehensive report on 31 October was agreed and permitted within the host selection process operated by World Rugby".

There had been a huge amount of money and time invested in producing a 139-page evaluation report that considered all aspects of the three countries bidding to host the event.

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The IRFU and the team behind our bid, however, have said that it is still possible for us to win.

"You can only imagine the lobbying that has gone on behind the scenes and the one thing that it does fix in my mind is that it is an old boys club still making decisions at World Rugby".

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

"We thank World Rugby for replying to our letter". The remaining Six Nations and SANZAR countries had three votes each with the rest made up from the six regional associations and smaller rugby countries.

Last month, South Africa had been recommended to host the tournament, after an independent review of each host candidate's bid. Joel Stransky, who kicked the dropped goal that won the 1995 final for South Africa against New Zealand, said on SuperSport television.

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

Alexander, however, claimed World Rugby's process would need to be refined in the future, having described the weeks since the recommendation as "opaque".

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