France to host 2023 RWC, Sth Africa livid

S. Africa eyes 2023 Rugby World Cup as bitter hosting battle ends

France on Wednesday won the right to stage the 2023 tournament as voted by members of the World Rugby Council in London.

"We feel for the first time that within World Rugby we have put the results of our evaluation out to the general public".

"I'm obviously hugely disappointed that we were unsuccessful in our bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, but I'd like to wish France all the very best in their preparations for the tournament", said Leinster and Ireland centre Garry Ringrose.

"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".

Philip Browne, Chief Executive, Irish Rugby Football Union: "I would like to thank all who participated in this process and particularly those who supported Ireland in the vote today".

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

Beaumont rejected suggestions the decision made a mockery of World Rugby's process and that it was a humiliation for the organisation. "The set of rules were broken during that process, which we are upset about", he said, offering a few opaque comments of his own.

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"It would have been a huge honour and privilege for the people of Ireland to host the world for a few special weeks and for us to represent them".

He stated the close scores between South Africa and eventual winners France as showing the high quality bids submitted. We would have had the same thing here.

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.

That recommendation was questioned last week by rivals, but endorsed a second time by World Rugby last week.

South Africa staged the World Cup in 1995, with the tournament viewed as one of the most successful in the event's history.

"It will be for the next generation of SA Rugby leaders to decide whether to compete for the 2027 tournament or beyond", he said.

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