SA Rugby Accepts Rugby World Cup 2023 Vote Outcome

Posted November 16, 2017

"The ability to submit clarification requests following the publication of the recommendation and comprehensive report on 31 October was agreed and permitted within the host selection process operated by World Rugby".

South Africa had been recommended by World Rugby's Board but Council members voted convincingly 24-15 for France, which also held the tournament in 2007, after Ireland was knocked out in the first round.

"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.

Browne said that while it's an extremely disappointing day for Ireland, it may lead to questions for World Rugby on what they want from a tournament host.

Big impact Jacob Stockdale scores his try against South Africa
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They led after the first round by receiving 18 votes to South Africa's 13, with Ireland eliminated after receiving eight.

The World Rugby Council today awarded Rugby World Cup 2023 to France, which was selected following two rounds of voting during its interim meeting in London.

"We should never forget that the technical report found that Ireland would be excellent hosts for Rugby World Cup 2023, and there may be other occasions for Ireland to show the world what we are capable of".

The exodus of South African players in search of better opportunities overseas continues apace, the financial state of the game there remains parlous and the once-mighty Boks suffered the worst in a succession of humbling defeats in August, 57-0 to the All Blacks.

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SA Rugby forecast another £60 million (R1.13 billion) in profit for World Rugby from hospitality sales and savings on event costs because of the exchange rate.

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.

The credibility of this process for World. We would have had the same thing here.

"There's all these issues which are hard for us to understand", he said.

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

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

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