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Twitter explodes as France awarded RWC 2023

France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023
Rita Gibson | 15 November, 2017, 15:29

World Rugby acknowledged the letter last week and said that "it had addressed in full, clarification requests by the Rugby World Cup 2023 host candidates and council members". We've embedded the stream below but you can also click this link to access the stream directly.

Cape Town - South African rugby lovers were left stunned as France was awarded the rights to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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. That invention involved William Web Ellis catching a ball during a game of football and running with it.

South Africa has only ever hosted the tournament once, in 1995, where we beat New Zealand 15-12 in a scintillating final that many will still remember as an event that supported social cohesion at a hard time in our history.

Based on five weighted criteria, South Africa scored 78.97 percent, France 75.88, and Ireland 72.25.

South Africa hosted in 1995, and France in 2007.

They said the bid had been assessed "unreasonably".

Tillerson says USA considers individual sanctions for Myanmar
Irish Rockers U2 who had campaigned for Suu Kyi's release when she was a political prisoner also expressed their disappointment. Burmese authorities refuse to use the term "Rohingya", with which the community identifies, rather using the term "Bengali".

In Dublin to witness South Africa's 38-3 loss to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux backed the recommendation of the independent evaluation report. "We hope that sanity will prevail because an independent process is there for a very specific reason - to keep it independent".

"It would now be very hard for any federation to go against this independent outcome because it would laugh in the face of transparency and process". None of the three teams were allowed to change the details or their bid or offer inducements to council members but there were reports of the very horse-trading and lobbying that the process was created to prevent in the run-up to the vote.

There are 39 votes, with 20 being enough to win. The most important voting process will be conducted in a secret ballot on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.

"While the scores are relatively close there was a clear margin".

South Africa won the board's recommendation.

How many votes do we need?

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