SA lose out on Rugby World Cup, France named hosts


Ireland players have been expressing their disappointment after hearing that Ireland will not be hosting Rugby World Cup in 2023.

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.

From the above criteria, South Africa ranked highest with 78.97%, France second with 75.88% and Ireland third with 72.25%, however members of the World Rugby Council opted to select France. 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.

Stransky told South African media.

Ireland were eliminated in the first round of voting after amassing just eight votes against the 18 from France.

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.

"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".

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Ultimately, Browne believes that the evaluation report had a detrimental effect on Ireland's bid and it was one which they couldn't recover from.

"We've won but it's really grass-roots rugby that has won", he added.

"Despite playing in places like Auckland and Dunedin, it felt as though we were the home team as all of the Irish in that part of the world seemed to come out and support us".

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt remains 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 today, but that appears to remain a long shot.

"It will be for the next generation of SA Rugby leaders to decide whether to compete for the 2027 tournament or beyond", he said. "When the Fifa World Cup was held there in 2010, we had a more than 20 percent uptake in players".

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