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Rugby World Cup 2023 Announcement, 15 Nov

15 November 2017, 03:28 | Joan Schultz

It's confirmed: Ireland miss out on 2023 Rugby World Cup to France

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

Today, World Rugby has announced that the 2023 World Cup will be hosted by France.

The report, widely criticised by both France and Ireland, the third bidding country, was not binding on the remaining members of the World Rugby Council, who voted in London.

France has also been critical of the report for containing "blatant errors".

"This could really put the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) in the shop window when people are voting on Wednesday", Schmidt said in the wake of Ireland's fine victory over South Africa.

The country has large, ready-made stadiums already available for the World Cup, while most of those contained in Ireland's bid are smaller.

"They do not impact on the detail or outcomes of the evaluation report nor on the subsequent recommendation".

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The four key areas are stadia and ticketing, with Browne's letter pointing to "starkly empty stadia" for significant matches. South Africa is the best candidate so we'll be guided by the recommendation and vote accordingly.

South Africa are still expected to land the honour having been deemed most suitable by last month's report.

World Rugby are set to announce the successful nation to host Rugby World Cup event in 2023.

Despite the criticism, South Africa remained in the driving seat this week, with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa returning to London to lead the South African delegation, which also included sports minister Thulas Nxesi and Alexander.

Here are some of the responses that jumped out at us. "We hope that sanity will prevail because an independent process is there for a very specific reason - to keep it independent".

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