2023 Rugby World Cup to kick off in France
Written by Keshia Jansen on November 16, 2017
After a nail-biting two rounds of voting, the World Rugby Council has announced that France will be hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The organisation made the announcement at a council meeting in London on Wednesday that was live streamed all over South Africa.
According to a statement issued by the World Rugby Council, France received 24 votes in the final round with South Africa drawing in at 15. Ireland was also in the running.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont has said: “Congratulations to France on being elected Rugby World Cup 2023 host. They presented a very strong and comprehensive bid, which clearly resonated with the Council today.
“We had three outstanding host candidates, who raised the bar and overwhelmingly demonstrated that they were all capable of hosting an exceptional Rugby World Cup. There was very little to choose between the candidates and this was reflected in the independently-audited evaluation report.”
Twitter has responded with mixed reactions.
Anyway South Africa is broke. More money needed to fund free education than hosting #2023RugbyWorldCup
— Abuti Josef🇿🇦 (@AbutiJosef) November 15, 2017
— Iavan Pijoos (@iavanpijoos) November 15, 2017
They had it in 2007? Why give it to them again? #2023RugbyWorldCup
— Eoin Doyle (@EoinDoyle1) November 15, 2017
I’m glad we lost this bid, so that we can focus on real issues, instead of entertainment that distracts us from sorting out horrible legacies, sport has been used to put us to sleep since 1995. #2023RugbyWorldCup
— uBaba ka Sentle (@S1pho) November 15, 2017