Rugby World Cup 2023 hosts to be decided today

Rugby World Cup 2023 hosts to be decided today

World Rugby's technical review group released findings last month that Ireland's bid is the weakest of the three but many are hopeful that we'll come out on top.

South Africa had been recommended by World Rugby's Board but the Council members voted for France.

He said Ireland was offering a "different type of tournament" than South Africa or France.

The second round saw France claim 24 votes to South Africa's 15 to be named hosts for a second time, after 2007.

The vote by rugby-playing nations will take place in London, and an announcement is expected at lunchtime.

Both Ireland and France went on an offensive following the report.

Bernard Laporte, president of the French rugby federation, had gone so far as to write to World Rugby president Bill Beaumont in an attempt to have the results of the committee's report adjusted.

The three bidding countries did not vote on Wednesday.

"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".

England hosted the most recent tournament, in 2015, when New Zealand won a second successive title after victory on home soil in 2011.

"I would urge all South Africans to wear their Springbok jerseys or something green and gold this Wednesday - to show their eagerness and excitement to welcome the Rugby World Cup back to South Africa".