Surprise vote gives 2023 Rugby World Cup to France

Surprise vote gives 2023 Rugby World Cup to France

Surprise vote gives 2023 Rugby World Cup to France

In total, 39 votes were accumulated based on the breakdown of different countries' weights to determine who would host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

South Africa is expected to be awarded the right to host Rugby World Cup 2023 ahead of Ireland and France in London today.

Going into the vote in London on Wednesday, the bid from South Africa were strong favourites following the meticulous auditing process and it was widely thought that the World Rugby council would simply ratify this decision, as they have done in past votes. 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.

Controversy has surrounded bids to host other major sporting events recently and although the Olympic Games remains a secret ballot, Federation Internationale de Football Association has changed its rules to make the vote for the next World Cup an open one.

"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".

Schmidt's position and the IRFU's fight to overturn South Africa's advantage has run as far as chief executive Philip Browne writing a letter to World Rugby to challenge the independent process behind the preferred bidder recommendation.

Beaumont rejected suggestions the decision made a mockery of World Rugby's process and that it was a humiliation for the organisation.


"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".

"It was a bid for all of French rugby". We would have had the same thing here.

David Sterling, Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service: "I too would like to congratulate France and wish them well for a successful tournament in 2023".

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt had been convinced his side's record 30-3 thumping of the Springboks in Dublin on Saturday could swing the vote of World Rugby's member nations, but that hope has now been dashed.

"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?"

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

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