SA lose out on Rugby World Cup, France named hosts

SA lose out on Rugby World Cup, France named hosts

SA lose out on Rugby World Cup, France named hosts

"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".

The victor requires 20 of the World Rugby Council 39 votes on offer.

Mr. Alexander said that after a fourth successive disappointment in the Rugby World Cup bidding process it was hard to know where South Africa would go from here.

The team behind Ireland's bid to host the tournament had vowed to "compete to the final minute" after their efforts were dealt a blow.

Ireland were eliminated after the first round when they secured eight of the 39 available votes to the 13 of South Africa and 18 of France.

Despite support for Ireland's bid, led by former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll, Dick Spring and Philip Browne, a technical evaluation report recommended South Africa as the host nation in recent weeks.

South Africa lost it in the second round as they got 15 votes.

Yet the secret ballot held on Thursday morning (NZT) backed France, which last hosted the World Cup in 2007.

"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".

"We have said throughout that we would honour both the letter and the spirit of the process and we now consider the 2023 bidding process closed".

Beaumont rejected suggestions the decision made a mockery of World Rugby's process and that it was a humiliation for the organisation. Unfortunately, the disappointing thing was that Scotland and Wales didn't support us. They hosted the soccer World Cup in 1998 and the European Championships in 2000 and 2016.

Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, said he was "desolated" and fumed about breaches of protocol by other bidders.

"We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed today". Football has been mired in scandal over the staging of its World Cup. "But these are questions for World Rugby". We wish them every success as they turn their attention to delivering an outstanding tournament.

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