Bill Beaumont, the World Rugby chairman, announces that France will host Rugby World Cup 2023 during the Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Decision at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on Wednesday. Photo: World Rugby via Getty Images
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France awarded Rugby World Cup 2023


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

France received 24 votes to South Africa’s 15 in the final round of voting. In the first round, France received 18 votes to South Africa’s 13 and Ireland’s eight.

Following the vote, France will be hosting rugby’s showcase men’s event for the second time and hosting the 10th edition of the event 200 years after William Webb Ellis gave birth to the sport.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Congratulations to France on being elected Rugby World Cup 2023 host. They presented a very strong and comprehensive bid, which clearly resonated with the Council today.

 “We had three outstanding host candidates, who raised the bar and overwhelmingly demonstrated that they were all capable of hosting an exceptional Rugby World Cup. There was very little to choose between the candidates and this was reflected in the independently-audited evaluation report.

“I would like to pay tribute to Ireland and South Africa for their dedication throughout a rigorous, and transparent process and hope that they will bid again. We now look forward to working in partnership with France to deliver what I am sure will be a very successful Rugby World Cup in 2023.”


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What a crock. Same old story, money talks...Gotta sympathize with Sth Africa and Ireland, robbed..

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Come on, now. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact that a tournament in France is expected to generate $123 million more than one in South Africa.

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Gotta feel sorry for the Irish. Rugby's always been an old boys club and it won't change anytime soon. Vote breakdown was quite interesting though.

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Should have been awarded to Ireland. Disappointing outcome but sounds like money has ruled the day here.

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