Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Voting breakdown for Rugby World Cup 2023 is very humbling

Voting breakdown for Rugby World Cup 2023 is very humbling

"We produced a compelling bid document that earned the unanimous recommendation of the Rugby World Cup Ltd board".

France has won the right to stage the 2023 World Cup it was announced today, despite finishing behind rival bidders South Africa in an evaluation report.

Two weeks ago the Rugby World Cup board released a report placing South Africa first across a range of criteria on which the candidates were assessed, ranging from stadiums to financial assurances France, second, and Ireland, third, came out swinging in response to the report and have been as combative as their players on the pitch, slamming the findings that placed South Africa in the driving seat.

"We feel for the first time that within World Rugby we have put the results of our evaluation out to the general public".

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"This is the fourth successive time we have bid for the tournament: this is not a "nice-to-have" for rugby in South Africa - the opportunity to recapture just some of the spirit of 1995 has been an obsession for us".

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont defended the council's decision, saying it wasn't a repudiation of the independent audit.

Browne admits he has to choose his words carefully so he doesn't get a rap on the knuckles from World Rugby while also serving the Irish government who having invested both a lot of political capital and money in the bid will want answers.

"But apparently that wasn't part of the overall vision World Rugby had for it".

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"Our feeling was that in a secret ballot people could vote for whoever they wanted without fear", World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper said.

"It was not the process which was not fair, but there were some aspects we did not find fair". Football has been mired in scandal over the staging of its World Cup.

Argentina, Australia, England, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales had three votes apiece.

"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.

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