Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Varadkar optimistic despite Rugby World Cup bid disappointment

Varadkar optimistic despite Rugby World Cup bid disappointment

Cape Town - South African rugby fans were left devastated on Wednesday after losing the right to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup to France.

By their constant mouthing off of how certain World Rugby were to gift them RWC 2023, why are we not able to imagine what effect such arrogance would have on the organizers?

Alexander said that after a fourth successive disappointment in the Rugby World Cup bidding process it was hard to know where South Africa would go from here. It seems increasingly that France's superior, projected figures on the calculator to plucky South Africa's, for RWC 2023, ultimately ruled the roost in the hosting pick.

Browne wrote to World Rugby at the time outlining his concerns about the evaluation process and says the report delivered a body blow to Ireland's chances. While resorting to informal briefing has increased over the past two weeks, the infighting at the centre of World Rugby also significantly contributed to France's win. "World Rugby need to decide what sort of tournament they want and make sure everyone understands what their vision is at the outset".

Whilst bitterly disappointing, why should we be surprised at not being awarded RWC 2023, despite ostensibly being the front runners for the award?

Colby Covington pressing charges against Fabricio Werdum
He looks like ridiculous the way he does. "We started to argue and he continue to scream that Brazilians were animals". He said he got punched in the face, where is the video of that? And they wonder why they get talked to like that.

"We are all bitterly disappointed and quite shocked", he told South African TV channel SuperSport. "We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed today", said Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby.

World Rugby's bid evaluation committee recommended that South Africa host the tournament, but a vote by secret ballot saw France, who hosted the World Cup in 2007 which South Africa won, won the majority of the votes. He stated that they did everything to convince the World Rugby Council but surprisingly lost. France then triumphed 24 to 15 in the second round and it is understood World Rugby council members have grown concerned at the amount of power wielded by Beaumont, his vice-chairman Agustîn Pichot and the chief executive Brett Gosper, and seized the opportunity to flex their muscles by snubbing the recommendation. That recommendation was questioned last week by rivals, but endorsed a second time by World Rugby last week. Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said they will not challenge the decision to award France.

Roux said, "We have said throughout that we would honor both the letter and the spirit of the process and we now consider the 2023 bidding process closed". "We are very disappointed they didn't vote for us", he said.

"But we'd have equally enjoyed going to South Africa... we particularly feel for South Africa who probably thought they had it won a couple of weeks ago".

This was the first time World Rugby had published an evaluation of candidates in a World Cup hosting race. He said their hearts are "bleeding" that they failed in the bid but expressed hope that the country will host the tournament again.

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