Ireland hoping to win hosting vote

Ireland hoping to win hosting vote

The host of the Rugby World Cup 2023 is set to be announced today and as luck would have it the announcement will take place at 15:00.

The countries bidding for the honour of hosting the Rugby World Cup 2023 are France, Ireland and South Africa.

The second round saw France win the bid with 24 of the 39 votes on offer, beating the South African bid by nine votes.

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.

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

Bernard Laporte, president of the French rugby federation, had gone so far as to write to World Rugby president Bill Beaumont in an attempt to have the results of the committee's report adjusted.

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne has written to all rugby unions expressing Ireland's concerns over the marks. This was in line with World Rugby's aim to deliver a fully transparent host selection process for its showcase event.

The three candidate nations will not receive a vote.

"They do not impact on the detail or outcomes of the evaluation report nor on the subsequent recommendation".

South African Rugby CEO Jurie Roux has since warned the voting councillors about going against the recommendation.

Sport pundits and fans alike had also predominantly tipped South Africa to host the world cup as our infrastructure and stadiums are in good condition, and previous worldwide sporting events hosted in South Africa have proved successful.

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