Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

France named as 2023 Rugby World Cup host

France named as 2023 Rugby World Cup host

South Africa says World Rugby councillors have a duty to confirm it on Wednesday as the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Ireland, South Africa and France were the three nations vying to host the rugby spectacle, with the decision coming as a shock to many South Africans.

That is very much the case today, as the governing body have announced that France have had the successful bid.

South Africa had been named as the preferred host nation by World Rugby's independent review, but that only sparked critical reactions over that process from Ireland and France who believed the process was flawed.

The host candidate evaluation assessed a series of categories - such as hosting concept, tournament schedule and host cities - and each was weighted as a percentage and then combined, with South Africa receiving the highest mark of 78.97 per cent, with France on 75.88 per cent and Ireland 72.25 per cent.

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

"The answer is it [the outcome] is finely balanced amongst the three bids".

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup
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The Board made its recommendation following the consideration of the comprehensive host candidate evaluation report.

The four key areas are stadia and ticketing, with Browne's letter pointing to "starkly empty stadia" for significant matches.

Ireland brushed aside a toothless Springbok side in Dublin last week, and will be hoping for more dominance over the southern hemisphere as they take on Fiji - live on Sky Sports Action from 5.15pm - while Scotland welcome the All Blacks to Murrayfield and Wales are visited by Georgia.

The IRFU's final concern relates to government guarantees over the minimum £120 million tournament fee. "We now look forward to council making its decision in London on 15 November".

Here are some of the responses that jumped out at us.

We'll keep you posted.

"It would now be very hard for any federation to go against this independent outcome because it would laugh in the face of transparency and process".

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