Ireland hoping to make Rugby World Cup comeback in today's vote

Ireland bid ambassador Brian O'Driscoll

Ireland bid ambassador Brian O'Driscoll

South Africa says World Rugby councillors have a duty to confirm it on Wednesday as the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

That is very much the case today, as the governing body have announced that France have had the successful bid.

In October South Africa was named as the preferred host nation in October after finishing in top place following a lengthy evaluation process.

Both Ireland and France went on an offensive following the report.

Ireland only secured eight votes in the first round of voting, in comparison to 18 for France and South Africa's 13, and were eliminated.

Philip Browne, chief executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union, had written to World Rugby chief Brett Gosper, requesting that all council members receive assurance that they would be allowed to vote for any of the three candidates. This was in line with World Rugby's aim to deliver a fully transparent host selection process for its showcase event. New Zealand has already pledged its three votes to South Africa.

France had also hosted the 2007 Rugby World Cup, which seemed too recent to host another.

"In order for council to have appropriate time to consider all the materials, the window for dialogue is now closed".

Episode 36 of The Hard Yards rugby podcast features Tiernan O'Halloran and James Downey, with Tadhg Furlong on South Africa.

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He said: "We still have a vote to come on the 15th of November different people have different opinions but they have a fiduciary responsibility at that meeting to act accordingly‚" Roux said.

We'll keep you posted.

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