Ireland misses out on Rugby World Cup 2023

Randall Padilla
November 16, 2017

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: "Congratulations to France on being elected Rugby World Cup 2023 host".

Last month World Rugby published an evaluation report which said South Africa should be chosen as hosts with an overall rating of 78.97%, compared with 75.88% for France and 72.25% for Ireland, across a range of criteria.

France has won the hosting rights to the 2023 Rugby World Cup, infuriating the ousted South African bidding team. That recommendation was questioned last week by rivals, but endorsed a second time by World Rugby last week.

"I'm obviously hugely disappointed that we were unsuccessful in our bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, but I'd like to wish France all the very best in their preparations for the tournament", said Leinster and Ireland centre Garry Ringrose.

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

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It was between Ireland, France and South Africa.

"It was not the process which was not fair, but there were some aspects we did not find fair".

"It would have been a huge honour and privilege for the people of Ireland to host the world for a few special weeks and for us to represent them".

Both Roux and South Africa's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa were adamant they would bid again.

"We thank World Rugby for replying to our letter".

"There's a fine line between whinging and having justifiable concerns round the accuracy of what is contained in a report that World Rugby has placed so much store and weight", said Browne.

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

"In our letter, we had a great saying by Albert Einstein and here I paraphrase him: "There are a lot of things that can be counted which don't actually count and there are lots of things that count that can't be counted". Football has been mired in scandal over the staging of its World Cup.

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