South Africa recommended ahead of Ireland to host the tournament

South Africa recommended ahead of Ireland to host the tournament

South Africa recommended ahead of Ireland to host the tournament

The 2023 World Cup coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of the game.

The intensive selection process determined a financial model and the viability of each country to host the tournament, as well as ensuring sufficient revenues to continue the development of World Rugby.

Sport is one of the ways of bringing about unity in our country and this was seen during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

France hosted as recently as 2007, while Ireland hopes to host for the first time.

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South Africa's rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said: "A win for the game with record receipts, a win for the fans with an unforgettable tournament in a bucket-list destination and, most importantly, a win for the players with the most athlete-centric event in the tournament's history".

South Africa have taken a giant step towards earning the right to host the 2023 World Cup, after having their bid recommended ahead of rivals France and Ireland.

France and South Africa have made large financial commitments, but bid ambassador Brian O'Driscoll says it is not all about the money.

Japan is the 2019 World Cup host.

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The verdict will be heavily influenced by the Six Nations and SANZAR unions, although the bidding nations are not allowed to vote, meaning that Argentina, Australia, England, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales all have three votes each.

Each of the six regional associations - Oceania, Sudamerica, Americas North, Europe, Africa and Asia - have two votes, while Canada, Georgia, Romania and the US have one vote each; for an overall total of 39. Any bid that crosses the 20-vote mark will be awarded the 2023 World Cup. World Rugby have also published a 220-page document in support of the recommended bid.

The committee then took time to review the bids before making an official recommendation to World Rugby, which will then serve as the bid officially endorsed by the world governing body.

"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".

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"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".

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