Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

SA Rugby won't challenge World Cup vote, but calls for review

SA Rugby won't challenge World Cup vote, but calls for review

Ireland also joined in in voicing concerns of public safety if the World Cup were to be held in South Africa. But here's the clue to that sum: speaking toward the finish of the 2015 tournament, World Rugby's Australian-born chief executive Brett Gosper - he has been in the role since 2012 - had been quoted as saying "there would be some R2.8bn accruing from the event to reinvest in the sport worldwide". Following the economic crash, the country has serious infrastructure deficits that must have counted against the bid.

"We produced a compelling bid document that earned the unanimous recommendation of the Rugby World Cup Ltd board".

Wiese believes all this played a massive part in swaying some members of the World Rugby council into voting for France. That recommendation was questioned last week by rivals, but endorsed a second time by World Rugby last week.

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

A simple majority from the 39 votes was required and France claimed 24 in the second round of voting to be selected as hosts of the 10th edition ahead of South Africa after Ireland's elimination in round one.

South Africa lost 30-3 to Ireland in Dublin last Saturday and go to Paris to face France this weekend.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, ruled out suggestions that his organisation might challenge the vote.

"We have said throughout that we would honour both the letter and the spirit of the process and we now consider the 2023 bidding process closed", he said.

"However, in the feedback sessions I am sure we will be recommending to the World Rugby Council that the verdict of the evaluation committee becomes binding. I don't think so at all", said a defiant Beaumont, who, as a former chairman and a former England captain, would have hoped for the Rugby Football Union to back South Africa. I think it was a very fair process and a transparent process. "Just because it went to France, that doesn't mean there's humiliation whatsoever". South Africa did not even get the backing of the African continental association.

"If you look at the first page of the report it says that any of these countries is well capable of hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup". It was very close.

"But we'd have equally enjoyed going to South Africa... we particularly feel for South Africa who probably thought they had it won a couple of weeks ago". "Everyone's been able to see how the scoring was".

Whilst in our current all but dysfunctional state, certainly a projection of the economic and political (and crime, indeed) situation in South Africa leading up to 2023 must have weighed heavily on the minds of Beaumont and World Rugby when arriving at their decision.

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