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South Africa loses the 2023 Rugby World Cup bid to France

European countries will continue to dominate the World in terms of privileges to host the major events despite the security threats such as terrorism. France was chosen as the 2023 Rugby World Cup hosts ahead of the World Rugby Council’s preferred host South Africa.

France out muscled the 2023 Rugby World Cup rival bidders South Africa by 15 – 25 to secure their hosting rights for the 2023 world sporting mega-event. Ireland were eliminated in the first round with France leading the pack by 18 votes followed by South Africa with 13.

A World Rugby council meeting was held on Wednesday and France was chosen to host the 10th event.

The World Rugby Council on Wednesday announced that France will host the tournament.

France has staged the competition twice before – in 1991 and 2007.

South Africa last hosted the World Cup in 1995, when the Springboks beat New Zealand 15-12 in the final, and Ireland was one of the five hosts in 1991.

Chairman of World Rugby and Rugby World Cup, Bill Beaumont, made the announcement that was attended by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his delegation (including Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi, SA Rugby President Mark Alexander and Chief Executive Officer Jurie Roux).

South Africans express shock:

 

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