Rugby World Cup 2023 hosts to be decided today

Rugby World Cup 2023 hosts to be decided today

Rugby World Cup 2023 hosts to be decided today

The World Rugby Council today awarded Rugby World Cup 2023 to France, which was selected following two rounds of voting during its interim meeting in London.

South Africa had been recommended by World Rugby's Board but the Council members went for France, which also held the tournament in 2007. The first round finished with France on 18 votes, 1995 hosts South Africa on 13 and Ireland, who've yet to be the main hosts of a World Cup, eight.

"But obviously I am delighted for France, they have run a World Cup before and we are really excited for the tournament".

"We are bitterly disappointed at this decision and would like to apologise to the people and government of South Africa for raising their hopes", said Mark Alexander, president of South Africa Rugby.

In the second round, France secured 24 votes to South Africa's 15.

Bernard Laporte, president of the French rugby union, had publicly complained about the evaluation report, saying it was "nonsense and full of errors" and accusing World Rugby of incompetence.

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"We did dispute some aspects but I'm not saying that's why we won", he said.

"We thank World Rugby for replying to our letter".

"Despite playing in places like Auckland and Dunedin, it felt as though we were the home team as all of the Irish in that part of the world seemed to come out and support us". 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.

"There's a fine line between whinging and having justifiable concerns round the accuracy of what is contained in a report that World Rugby has placed so much store and weight", said Browne.

"We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed today. That recommendation was questioned last week by rivals, but endorsed a second time by World Rugby last week", he said. We wish them every success as they turn their attention to delivering an outstanding tournament.

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