Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

South Africa loses bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

South Africa loses bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

The host of the Rugby World Cup 2023 is set to be announced today and as luck would have it the announcement will take place at 15:00.

France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, in a shock selection announced on Wednesday.

South Africa has only ever hosted the tournament once, in 1995, where we beat New Zealand 15-12 in a scintillating final that many will still remember as an event that supported social cohesion at a hard time in our history.

South Africa had been named as the preferred host nation by World Rugby's independent review, but that only sparked critical reactions over that process from Ireland and France who believed the process was flawed.

French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte was less diplomatic. New Zealand has already pledged its three votes to South Africa.

"We are within touching distance of realising a long-held dream to host the Rugby World Cup once again", said Minister of Sport and Recreation Thulas Nxesi in a statement.

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It's such a kick in the teeth, not getting the World Cup after not qualifying for the World Cup.

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"I would urge all South Africans to wear their Springbok jerseys or something green and gold this Wednesday - to show their eagerness and excitement to welcome the Rugby World Cup back to South Africa".

South Africa, who last hosted the tournament in 1995, will be wondering what more they have to do to host it again.

"They have a fiduciary responsibility at that meeting to act accordingly", Roux said.

Were the votes cast in public?

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne has written to all rugby unions expressing Ireland's concerns over the marks. South Africa is the best candidate so we'll be guided by the recommendation and vote accordingly.

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