France named as 2023 Rugby World Cup host

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World Rugby will announce who has won the right to host the 2023 showpiece on Wednesday afternoon, with the nations casting their vote after the sport's governing body picked South Africa as its preferred candidate.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt had been convinced his side's record 30-3 thumping of the Springboks in Dublin on Saturday could swing the vote of World Rugby's member nations, but that hope has now been dashed. It insists, however, that the necessary due diligence was carried out.

Ireland challenged four key areas in the report which awarded significantly higher marks to South Africa, and which ultimately ranked South Africa at almost 79%, three percent higher than France in second place and six percent higher than Ireland.

France named as 2023 Rugby World Cup host

Both Ireland and France went on an offensive following World Rugby's technical report.

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

The five-man Rugby World Cup Limited board which agreed unanimously with the recommendation is headed up by World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont, vice-chairman Agustin Pichot, and chief executive Brett Gosper.

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The first round vote saw Ireland knocked out of the process with just 8 votes from a possible 39 canvassed countries.

"The comprehensive and objective responses reflect the transparent principles at the heart of the independently audited process".

South Africa, who last hosted the tournament in 1995, will be wondering what more they have to do to host it again.

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World Rugby voted in London this morning and the decision was made to award the hosting of the World Cup to France.

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