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Voting breakdown for Rugby World Cup 2023 is very humbling

16 November 2017

Government high powerful delegation headed by Deputy President Ramaphosa, Minister of Sport and Recreation TW Nxesi and SARU President Mark Alexander has travelled to London where the final announcement on whether South Africa will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be made.

France on Wednesday won the right to stage the 2023 tournament as voted by members of the World Rugby Council in London.

"The ability to submit clarification requests following the publication of the recommendation and comprehensive report on 31 October was agreed and permitted within the host selection process operated by World Rugby".

Some of Ireland's near neighbours are even said to have overlooked the Irish bid as the French swept home.

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With Ireland dropping out, France beat South Africa by 24 votes to 15 in the second round.

"But apparently that wasn't part of the overall vision World Rugby had for it".

The four other unions, from Canada, Georgia, Romania and the United States, had one vote apiece.

David Sterling, Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service: "I too would like to congratulate France and wish them well for a successful tournament in 2023. The set of rules were broken during that process, which we are upset about", he said, offering a few opaque comments of his own.

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"A World Cup in Ireland would be a particular World Cup, something which fans round the world would have enjoyed", said Browne. In that time we developed a world class proposition which reflected positively on Ireland and saw us formally acknowledged as a destination well capable of hosting a superb Rugby World Cup.

"In our letter, we had a great saying by Albert Einstein and here I paraphrase him: "There are a lot of things that can be counted which don't actually count and there are lots of things that count that can't be counted".

"It will be for the next generation of SA Rugby leaders to decide whether to compete for the 2027 tournament or beyond", he said.

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

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Voting breakdown for Rugby World Cup 2023 is very humbling