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Rugby World Cup 2023 hosts to be decided today

16 November 2017, 02:25 | Gordon Grant

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

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A World Rugby Council meeting was held in London on Wednesday and France was chosen to host the 10th event.

The fog of war that has afflicted the race to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will lift on Wednesday and is expected to reveal South Africa as outright victors to stage the quadrennial showpiece.

The report, which has been widely criticized by both France and Ireland, the third bidding country, was not binding on the remaining members of the World Rugby Council, who voted in London.

Following today's vote, France will be hosting rugby's showcase men's event for the second time and hosting the 10th edition of the event 200 years after William Webb Ellis gave birth to the sport.

"However, in the feedback sessions I am sure we will be recommending to the World Rugby Council that the verdict of the evaluation committee become binding".

Ireland were eliminated in the first round after receiving just eight votes and France won the second round against South Africa by 24 votes to 15.

The shock announcement by World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont was greeted by a moment of stunned silence, before the French delegation delivered a muffled cheer.

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"Our feeling was that in a secret ballot people could vote for whoever they wanted without fear", World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper said.

"World Rugby ran an exhaustive and transparent process for 15 months to identify the best host nation, only for the process to go entirely opaque for the past two weeks".

The report found that South Africa is the favourite to win the bid.

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

Former Ulster and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris added: "Having played in New Zealand in 2011, I've seen at first-hand how special an experience a World Cup can be".

"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. Unfortunately, the disappointing thing was that Scotland and Wales didn't support us.

"We can not hide our desolation but, for the sake of rugby we wish the 2023 tournament hosts every success".



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