Saturday, 25 November, 2017

World Rugby Council to announce hosts of the 2023 Rugby World Cup

France has been awarded the right to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup France has been awarded the right to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup
Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2017, 15:27

In the unlikely event that the vote is a tie three ways, then South Africa will automatically go to the second round, and World Rugby president Bill Beaumont will have to eliminate either Ireland or France.

The Irish bid particularly struggled with venues and host cities while the bid also paled with regards to tournament infrastructure.

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A simple majority from the 39 votes was required and France claimed 18 votes to South Africa's 13 in the first round of voting. None of the three teams were allowed to change the details or their bid or offer inducements to council members but there were reports of the very horse-trading and lobbying that the process was created to prevent in the run-up to the vote.

The Board made its recommendation following the consideration of the comprehensive host candidate evaluation report. "We have spent five years working on this and have spent a significant amount of money, time and effort on this bid". In contrast, Ireland's bid makes a commitment to assuring capacity attendances at all lower demand pool matches.

South Africa, who last hosted the tournament in 1995, will be wondering what more they have to do to host it again. Ireland, the sentimental underdog for most, believed the criteria was skewed toward the candidates who previously hosted Rugby World Cups. "We now look forward to council making its decision in London on 15 November".

Episode 36 of The Hard Yards rugby podcast features Tiernan O'Halloran and James Downey, with Tadhg Furlong on South Africa.

. "We hope that sanity will prevail because an independent process is there for a very specific reason - to keep it independent".