Key day in Irish bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

South Africa set to host 2023 Rugby World Cup after seeing bid recommended ahead of rivals France and Ireland

Derry is out of the running to host games in the 2023 World Cup after South Africa was announced as the host country.

The IRFU will be waiting anxiously for the 11am announcement‚ which is a crucial step towards winning the World Cup bid.

Cape Town - While it will not be made official until November 15, South Africa look nearly certain to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after having received an official recommendation from World Rugby on Tuesday.

"The comprehensive and independently scrutinized evaluation reaffirmed that we have three exceptional bids".

Vision And Hosting Concept Weighting (10%) 7.06% 6.75% 6.25%. South Africa scored 78.97 percent, France 75.88, and Ireland 72.25.

For Roux, South Africa's state of preparedness made them an attractive option.

Despite their readmission in 1992 to global rugby, after years of apartheid-enforced sporting isolation, South Africa used home advantage so well that the debutants reached the World Cup final in 1995. "Surprised, also, to be beaten on host cities and stadiums", he said.




Despite finishing third in the scoring, Ireland also wasn't giving up hope.

Ireland has vowed to "compete to the final whistle", adding "nothing in the report is insurmountable".

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.

Crucially for South Africa's bid, it received support from the government, unlike the country's failed attempt to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the east coast city of Durban.

All three teams presented their bids to a technical review committee in London last month, and answered any questions the committee had in response. Sports minister Nxesi welcomed the news that South Africa was the preferred bidder at a media conference at South Africa's parliament building in Cape Town later Tuesday. "In line with World Rugby's mission to deliver a ground-breaking, rigorous and fully transparent host selection process for its showcase event, the report is being published today as agreed by Council".

"We absolutely believe Ireland can secure the tournament for 2023", said Spring.

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