Ireland hoping to make Rugby World Cup comeback in today's vote

Ross Houston
November 15, 2017

"World Rugby can confirm that it has addressed in full, clarification requests by the Rugby World Cup 2023 host candidates and council members", read World Rugby's statement.

As expected, Ireland was overlooked in the voting process and the French bid went ahead of the South African bid despite coming second in World Rugby's evaluation report.

South African rugby fans will not be dancing out of their socks tonight, after it was announced that France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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

He said Ireland was offering a "different type of tournament" than South Africa or France.

South Africa hosted the iconic 1995 edition - which saw the first black president of the country, Nelson Mandela, adorned in a Springbok jersey, then seen as one of the pillars of white apartheid rule - handing the trophy to white South Africa captain Francois Pienaar.

The final decision lies in the hands of the World Rugby Council who will vote on the recommendation in London on Wednesday. This was in line with World Rugby's aim to deliver a fully transparent host selection process for its showcase event.

South Africa was previously stripped of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban after failing to meet commitments, but Browne questions why the reasons behind this decision were not fully addressed in the report.

Both nations have said they will attempt to overturn the recommendation.

If that doesn't happen in the first round of votes, the country with the fewest votes will drop out and then the victor of a second vote will host the tournament.

World Rugby's technical review group had found South Africa's bid for the world cup to be the strongest.

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