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

15 November, 2017, 15:28 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Ireland's Rory Best was skipper of the British & Irish Lions team on their tour of New Zealand

Leaders of Ireland's bid wrote to World Rugby last week to raise concerns around the issue and ask if the CGF had been contacted.

The fog of war that has afflicted the race to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will lift on Wednesday and is expected to reveal South Africa as outright victors to stage the quadrennial showpiece.

Ireland only secured eight votes in the first round of voting, in comparison to 18 for France and South Africa's 13, and were eliminated.

The second round saw France win the bid with 24 of the 39 votes on offer, beating the South African bid by nine votes.

The announcement will take place in London 200 years after the invention of the game of rugby by William Webb Ellis.

France has also been critical of the report for containing "blatant errors".

The 2023 Rugby World Cup is a big one.

After the report was published, Irish rugby officials complained to the world rugby authorities about the selection process.

The three bidding countries did not vote on Wednesday.

"They do not impact on the detail or outcomes of the evaluation report nor on the subsequent recommendation".

South Africa won the board's recommendation. Ireland, the sentimental underdog for most, believed the criteria was skewed toward the candidates who previously hosted Rugby World Cups.

The third key area relates to security with all three countries ranked the same, despite South Africa's high crime rate and the recent terrorist attacks in France.

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