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France chosen over SA to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

France chosen over SA to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after the Council of the sport's governing body went against the recommendations of an extensive evaluation report in a secret ballot on Wednesday. It insists, however, that the necessary due diligence was carried out.

World Rugby replied with clarifications but it is now up to the 39 votes on its Council to decide whether they accept the unanimous decision of the Rugby World Cup board to award South Africa the hosting rights for the second time.

The report found that South Africa is the favourite to win the bid.

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

He said Ireland was offering a "different type of tournament" than South Africa or France.

Philip Browne, chief executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union, had written to World Rugby chief Brett Gosper, requesting that all council members receive assurance that they would be allowed to vote for any of the three candidates.

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That earned a rebuke from World Rugby, which closed all feedback with the bid candidates last Friday.

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

South Africa hosted in 1995, and France in 2007.

World Rugby are set to announce the successful nation to host Rugby World Cup event in 2023.

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Episode 36 of The Hard Yards rugby podcast features Tiernan O'Halloran and James Downey, with Tadhg Furlong on South Africa.

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