World Rugby announced earlier that South Africa has been recommended to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup ahead of Ireland and France.
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said there were “three exceptional bids” and identified South Africa as a clear leader based on performance against the key criteria, which is supported by the board in the recommendation.”
|What does the board judge potential host nations on?|
|Vision and hosting concept|
|Tournament, organisation and schedule|
|Venues and host cities|
|Finance, commercial and commitments|
From the above criteria, South Africa ranked highest with 78.97%, France second with 75.88% and Ireland third with 72.25%.
However, Dick Spring, chairman of Ireland’s 2023 bid oversight board, said the country still has confidence the council members will “place their trust in Ireland” come the vote.
“We absolutely believe Ireland can secure the tournament for 2023,” he said. “It is clear that the evaluation commission is impressed by the quality and detail of the bid put forward on behalf of Ireland.
“It is also clear from the report that Ireland has all the capabilities to host an outstanding Rugby World Cup in 2023.
“Our team will compete to the final whistle as we bid to turn our historic bid plans into reality.”
South Africa said it would deliver a “triple win” should it host the tournament in 2023.
The governing body’s recommendation is not binding on the council members who will ultimately decide who gets to host the event when they vote by secret ballot on November 15.
There are 39 votes available among the various unions and regional bodies with the winning bid requiring 20 votes.
Ireland’s bid received strong government support, unlike in France and South Africa.
However, unlike their rivals, they offered just the minimum bid guarantee of €120m, while France (€150m) and South Africa (€160m) guaranteed more.
While money seems to be the Holy Grail for rugby these days, wouldn’t it be nice to see Ireland host?