Voting breakdown for Rugby World Cup 2023 is very humbling

Chelsea West
November 16, 2017

On Monday, 31 October, the Rugby World Cup board recommended South Africa as the preferred hosts for the 2023 Rugby World Cup; however, the decision must be ratified via a World Rugby council ballot in London on Wednesday, 15 November.

The announcement follows SA Rugby's submission of a 827-page, 8.2kg bid book which included a commitment from the South African government to exceed the minimum guarantee of £120 million (R2.27 billion) required by World Rugby with an additional guarantee of £40 million (R757 million).

"We had three outstanding host candidates, who raised the bar and overwhelmingly demonstrated that they were all capable of hosting an exceptional Rugby World Cup", Beaumont said.

It was based on evaluations by the Rugby World Cup Board that looked at infrastructure, financial commitments and a variety of other mitigating factors.

"World Rugby needs to decide what sort of tournament it wants", said Philip Browne, CEO of the Irish Union.

France got 24 votes to South Africa's 15 in the final round of voting.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont defended the council's decision, saying it wasn't a repudiation of the independent audit.

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"It was not the process which was not fair, but there were some aspects we did not find fair".

Mr. 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.

"When you host the World Cup, you create an aspirational platform and a financial platform that creates enough revenue so you can further your development plans and maybe stem the outflow of the players".

He stated the close scores between South Africa and eventual winners France as showing the high quality bids submitted.

Former Ulster and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris added: "Having played in New Zealand in 2011, I've seen at first-hand how special an experience a World Cup can be". Unfortunately, the disappointing thing was that Scotland and Wales didn't support us.

"It's bitterly disappointing and quite surprising".

"We can not hide our desolation but, for the sake of rugby we wish the 2023 tournament hosts every success".

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