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South Africa one step closer to hosting Rugby World Cup 2023 after getting nod

Oct 31, 2017
South Africa one step closer to hosting Rugby World Cup 2023 after getting nod

South Africa is one step closer to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup following the recommendation of the World Rugby Council board on Tuesday. The official announcement will be made on the 15th of November.

The news has been received with joy after South Africa beat France and Ireland, who were also in the running.

All the three bids were dissected, analysed and scored, on the basis of several key criteria. In the end, South Africa were awarded the most points by a team of experts.

The evaluation report can be accessed in full HERE.

The World Rugby Council will convene in London on 15 November to confirm their decision as the organisation's council is seen as unlikely to go against its board.

“The board made its recommendation following detailed consideration of the comprehensive host candidate evaluation report,” the board said in its statement.

“In line with World Rugby’s mission to deliver a ground-breaking, rigorous and fully transparent host selection process for its showcase event, the report is being published today as agreed by council.”

World Rugby and Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman, Bill Beaumont said: “This is the first Rugby World Cup host selection to take place following a complete redesign of the bidding process to promote greater transparency and maximise World Rugby's hosting objectives.

“The comprehensive and independently scrutinised evaluation reaffirmed that we have three exceptional bids but it also identified South Africa as a clear leader based on performance against the key criteria, which is supported by the Board in the recommendation.

“I would like to congratulate South Africa on a superb bid and all the bid teams for their dedication and professionalism throughout the process to date. Our colleagues on the World Rugby Council will now meet on 15 November in London to consider the Board’s recommendation and vote to decide the host of Rugby World Cup 2023.” 

Independent auditors will oversee the process and the vote on 15 November, which will comprise a total of 39 votes, with a simple majority required to select the Rugby World Cup 2023 host.