France to host 2023 RWC, Sth Africa livid

16 November, 2017, 02:24 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Sebastien Chabal, France 2023 bid president Claude Atcher and France Rugby Federation President Bernard Laporte speak to the media after France was named as the 2023 Rugby World Cup host

This morning, however, the World Rugby Council voted by secret ballot and arrived at their decision at Kensington's Royal Garden Hotel in London.

In a surprise move, France has been announced as the host of the Rugby World Cup in 2023, following an announcement by World Rugby in London.

France received 24 votes to South Africa's 15 in the final round of voting.

For if South Africa's 38-3 hammering by Ireland at the weekend was not painful enough, this loss felt even more dispiriting.

Laporte toned down his cricitism after France were awarded the tournament, but admitted he believed there were aspects of the process he considered to have been unfair.

"These clarifications have been addressed with significant supporting detail, and have been shared with the host candidates and World Rugby council. The set of rules were broken during that process, which we are upset about", he said, offering a few opaque comments of his own.

Members of the media watch a live relay as France is named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London
Members of the media watch a live relay as France is named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London

South Africa, which staged the tournament in 1995, winning it in their first appearance after missing the first two World Cups because of the apartheid sporting ban, had been favourites after coming out clearly on top of the evaluation report.

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

"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?"

"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.

Ireland has never hosted the World Cup on its own. Football has been mired in scandal over the staging of its World Cup.

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. We wish them every success as they turn their attention to delivering an outstanding tournament.

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