SABC to broadcast 2023 World Cup Rugby announcment

SABC to broadcast 2023 World Cup Rugby announcment

South Africa was expected to be awarded the tournament for a second time after being named as the preferred host nation by World Rugby's independent review, but France instead won the vote of member nations.

Whilst Ireland proposed four more stadium locations than South Africa - and three more than France - the GAA grounds which were significant to the bid were largely ripped apart in the advisory.

The country is up against favourites South Africa and France.

The final decision lies in the hands of the World Rugby Council who will vote on the recommendation in London on Wednesday.

Both Ireland and France went on an offensive following World Rugby's technical report.

"In 2023 it will be a diverse rugby team and prove to the world what Nelson Mandela said, that rugby is a great unifier".

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The first round vote saw Ireland knocked out of the process with just 8 votes from a possible 39 canvassed countries.

World Rugby are set to announce the successful nation to host Rugby World Cup event in 2023.

No, it was done by secret ballot with the votes counted by an independent auditor.

Episode 36 of The Hard Yards rugby podcast features Tiernan O'Halloran and James Downey, with Tadhg Furlong on South Africa.

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Sport pundits and fans alike had also predominantly tipped South Africa to host the world cup as our infrastructure and stadiums are in good condition, and previous global sporting events hosted in South Africa have proved successful. South Africa is the best candidate so we'll be guided by the recommendation and vote accordingly.

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