The final countdown

The final countdown

On Tuesday, World Rugby’s technical assessors will make their recommendation on whether France, Ireland or South Africa is the best country to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The assessors will make a recommendation on which is the best bid and then it’s down to the various national associations – and a great deal of high-level politicking and lobbying – to decide whether the 2023 final will be in Dublin, Paris or Johannesburg.

The Irish government has thrown itself behind the bid with not just Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s imprimatur, but a large chunk of public money. The question is: should a country with such tight...

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