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19 January 2018 19:52 (South Africa)
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#RWC2023: Shock move as France trumps South Africa as hosts

  • Antoinette Muller
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    Antoinette Muller

    Antoinette thinks of the world and the people who live in it as a bear with a sore paw. She has a stick covered in thorns and she’s poking the bear. When she’s not doing that, she’s watching cricket and longing for the days of the boring, boring Arsenal.

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Photo: Dominic Bird (C) of the All Blacks in action against French players Scott Spedding (R) and Vincent Rattez (L) during the rugby test match between France and New Zealand's All Blacks in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, France, 14 November 2017. Photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo /EPA-EFE.

In a shock announcement, France beat South Africa to being named as World Cup hosts for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.

In a highly irregular and unlikely turn of events, France was announced as the hosts for the 2023 Rugby World Cup on Wednesday afternoon.

South Africa, who was “unanimously” recommended as preferred hosts two weeks ago following an intensive bidding process, lost out in what is likely to be viewed as a shock announcement. It is the first time that a recommended candidate has not been awarded the rights to host.

The vote had to go through two rounds of voting with France winning 18 votes in the first round, South Africa 13 and Ireland eight. Ireland was then eliminated and the vote was a straight shootout between South Africa and France. The European country came out tops with 24 votes.

World Rugby's report ranked South Africa top on a wide range of criteria, ranging from stadiums to financial assurances.

Fellow bidders France and Ireland were ranked second and third respectively and both countries were seething after the initial announcement.

Ireland, in particular, fumed and wrote a letter to World Rugby claiming the report’s findings did not accurately represent the apparent risks that would come with hosting a World Cup in South Africa.

France, meanwhile, fumed over how they were being “punished for being too strict on anti-doping”.

World Rugby responded and clarified their position and defended the report and the decision went to the 39 votes by the World Rugby Council.

South Africa was widely expected to be named as hosts and what exactly has changed in the last two weeks is not yet clear. DM

The Daily Maverick will offer full analysis on Thursday.

Photo: Dominic Bird (C) of the All Blacks in action against French players Scott Spedding (R) and Vincent Rattez (L) during the rugby test match between France and New Zealand's All Blacks in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, France, 14 November 2017. Photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo /EPA-EFE.

  • Antoinette Muller
    still-a-boy copy.jpg
    Antoinette Muller

    Antoinette thinks of the world and the people who live in it as a bear with a sore paw. She has a stick covered in thorns and she’s poking the bear. When she’s not doing that, she’s watching cricket and longing for the days of the boring, boring Arsenal.

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