France chosen over SA to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

France chosen over SA to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

France chosen over SA to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

Japan will host the next World Cup, in 2019.

France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in a huge surprise after the Council of the sport's governing body went against the recommendations of an extensive evaluation report in a secret ballot on Wednesday.

France on Wednesday won the right to stage the 2023 tournament as voted by members of the World Rugby Council in London.

The team behind Ireland's bid to host the tournament had vowed to "compete to the final minute" after their efforts were dealt a blow.

"Unfortunately, it's unlikely that I'll be lacing up my boots when that time comes but I'll look forward to playing my part from the stands alongside the world's greatest supporters".

Browne insists Irish anger is not being directed at South Africa - he calls his South African counterpart Jurie Roux one of rugby's "gentlemen" - but at the report itself.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont described the selection process as the "most transparent and comprehensive" in the organisation's history.

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup
France named as shock 2023 Rugby World Cup hosts ahead of South Africa

"It would have been a huge honour and privilege for the people of Ireland to host the world for a few special weeks and for us to represent them".

"It was a bid for all of French rugby".

"I believe that a tournament in Ireland would have been like no other. The set of rules were broken during that process, which we are upset about", he said, offering a few opaque comments of his own.

Krige, who captained his country in 18 Tests, questioned why the World Rugby would go do and go against an independent audit. "When the Fifa World Cup was held there in 2010, we had a more than 20 percent uptake in players". In that time we developed a world class proposition which reflected positively on Ireland and saw us formally acknowledged as a destination well capable of hosting a superb Rugby World Cup.

"It's like losing in the 79th minute of a match when you're ahead", said Mark Alexander, the SA Rugby president who felt the need to apologise to the nation for raising its expectations.

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

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