Ireland misses out on Rugby World Cup 2023

DENIS WALSHNovember 16 2017 12:01am The TimesA campaign that just had too many flaws Denis Walsh

"World Rugby can confirm that it has addressed in full, clarification requests by the Rugby World Cup 2023 host candidates and council members", read World Rugby's statement.

SA Rugby ( said it was "bitterly disappointed" at the decision by the World Rugby Council to overturn a recommendation that South Africa should host the 2023 Rugby World Cup and instead voted for France to host the tournament in a secret ballot.

The organisation had identified it as a "clear leader based on performance against the key criteria".

"We should never forget that the technical report found that Ireland would be excellent hosts for Rugby World Cup 2023, and there may be other occasions for Ireland to show the world what we are capable of".

The tournament promised the largest ever attendance for a final with a record 87,436 spectators at the FNB Stadium as part of an availability of 2.9 million match tickets for the event - also a record.

Minister Ross said, "I know that the country would like to join me today in congratulating France on winning the bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023".

Going into the vote in London on Wednesday, the bid from South Africa were strong favourites following the meticulous auditing process and it was widely thought that the World Rugby council would simply ratify this decision, as they have done in past votes.

World Rugby had hit back at the criticisms of their process, labelling it inaccurate.

"There's all these issues which are hard for us to understand", he said.

Laporte toned down his cricitism after France were awarded the tournament, but admitted he believed there were aspects of the process he considered to have been unfair. We would have had the same thing here.

South Africa staged the World Cup in 1995, with the tournament viewed as one of the most successful in the event's history.

"We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed today. That recommendation was questioned last week by rivals, but endorsed a second time by World Rugby last week", he said. Our bid team must take huge credit for all their hard work throughout the process.

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