France beats the odds to host RWC 2023

South Africa fuming after losing out to France in their bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023

16th November, 2017
France beats the odds to host RWC 2023
A journalist points to the France sticker attached to the wall after being named host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London on November 15, 2017. PIC: ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP/Getty Images

Well that's that, Ireland was completely cleaned out in London yesterday when the Rugby World Council voted in secret ballot to award France the right to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. After receiving just eight votes of a possible 39 on offer, Ireland was dumped out of the running, with France beating the odds and the favourites, South Africa, to the prize.

While official reaction in Ireland was magnanamous, the South Africans were livid, with...

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