South Africa Recommended To Host 2023 Rugby World Cup

South Africa has been recommended to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup ahead of Ireland and France.

Minister Sahne Ross Expressed his disappointment, however he said that World Rugby "made it clear that they were very impressed by the quality and detail of the Irish bid".
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He said: "The Report highlighted that Ireland has all the capabilities to host an outstanding Rugby World Cup in 2023. I am strongly encouraged by two things: firstly that World Rugby have made it clear that “any of the three candidates could host a successful Rugby World Cup. I am also encouraged that we ran both South Africa and France very close in the scoring."


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