France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup as Ireland are knocked out of the first round of voting. World Rugby made the decision in London this afternoon following a secret ballot.
The announcement will come a major disappointment to Ireland given the effort that has gone in to preparing the bid.
An independent body hired by the WRU (World Rugby Union) recommended South Africa as the most suitable candidate ahead of Ireland and France.
Ireland were knocked out in the first round of voting, picking up only eight out of the 39 votes. France won 18 while South Africa won 13.
France were awarded the right to host the World Cup following the second round of voting, winning 24 votes compared to South Africa’s 15 votes.
Voting was done via a secret ballot with the top tier nations not involved in the bidding process having three votes each.
Those countries were New Zealand, England, Italy, Australia, Wales Scotland and Australia.
The other regional rugby unions from South America, Oceania, North America, Asia, Africa and Europe all had two votes while Canada, USA and Georgia had a single vote each.