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South Africa loses bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup to France

South Africa loses bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup to France

"Wales felt duty-bound and honour-bound to support Gareth Davies as he is a director of Rugby World Cup Limited, who actually produced the evaluation report".

The exodus of South African players in search of better opportunities overseas continues apace, the financial state of the game there remains parlous and the once-mighty Boks suffered the worst in a succession of humbling defeats in August, 57-0 to the All Blacks.

Ireland were eliminated in the first round after receiving just eight votes and France won the second round against South Africa by 24 votes to 15.

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

"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.

"I'm very disappointed indeed".

"However, in the feedback sessions I am sure we will be recommending to the World Rugby Council that the verdict of the evaluation committee become binding".

"The ability to submit clarification requests following the publication of the recommendation and comprehensive report on 31 October was agreed and permitted within the host selection process operated by World Rugby".

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"We did dispute some aspects but I'm not saying that's why we won", he said.

"Despite playing in places like Auckland and Dunedin, it felt as though we were the home team as all of the Irish in that part of the world seemed to come out and support us".

But the former France coach was all smiles after securing the 10th edition of the tournament which began in 1987 when the sport was still amateur.

"That recommendation was questioned last week by rivals, but endorsed a second time by World Rugby last week".

Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, stated the South Africa had accepted the result despite the disappointment.

"However, the view of the experts and World Rugby's leadership was overturned by World Rugby Council members, who may have had other factors to take into account.

The set of rules were broken during that process, which we are upset about", he said, offering a few opaque comments of his own. We wish them every success as they turn their attention to delivering an outstanding tournament.

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