Ireland's Rugby World Cup 2023 dreams dashed as France wins the vote

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

"We want to turn green the factories, the schools, shops and offices and malls of South Africa each week to underline the message to the Rugby World Cup board that South Africa is the best choice to host the 2023 tournament".

French Rugby Federation President Bernard Laporte had previously accused World Rugby of "negligence" and "amateurism" and being dishonest about the independence of the consultancy agencies employed as part of the report, which ranked France second and Ireland third.

France has been awarded the right to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 after the World Rugby Council vote in London on Wednesday.

The announcement was made by World Rugby in London on Wednesday.

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

South Africa are still expected to land the honour having been deemed most suitable by last month's report. All three countries have hosted a Rugby World Cup in the past.

"They have a fiduciary responsibility at that meeting to act accordingly", Roux said.

World Rugby council members will have 39 votes in the secret ballot. New Zealand has already pledged its three votes to South Africa.

South African Rugby CEO Jurie Roux has since warned the voting councillors about going against the recommendation.

In response to the technical review group recommendation, IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne outlined grave concerns the IRFU had about the process behind the recommendation.

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