#RWC2023 SA will most certainly bid next time, says Ramaphosa

Ireland has missed out on hosting the Rugby World Cup 2023.

France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating off competition from Ireland and South Africa.

"When you host the World Cup, you create an aspirational platform and a financial platform that creates enough revenue so you can further your development plans and maybe stem the outflow of the players".

First of all, an independent evaluation report recommended that South Africa should host the tournament based on a points-based criteria.

"World Rugby needs to decide what sort of tournament it wants", said Philip Browne, CEO of the Irish Union.

Ireland were eliminated in the first round of voting after amassing just eight votes against the 18 from France. "17,000 jobs will be created and I'm very proud of that".

"In our letter, we had a great saying by Albert Einstein and here I paraphrase him: "There are a lot of things that can be counted which don't actually count and there are lots of things that count that can't be counted".

The IRFU and the team behind our bid, however, have said that it is still possible for us to win.

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"There was not much to separate, and we are proud to have won against these two bids". We have to thank England who have supported us.

But the former France coach was all smiles after securing the 10th edition of the tournament which began in 1987 when the sport was still amateur. The remaining Six Nations and SANZAR countries had three votes each with the rest made up from the six regional associations and smaller rugby countries.

"You would have thought [that they would support us] but the Scots went for the money and effectively said to us that they would vote for the bid that produces the most monies".

Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, stated the South Africa had accepted the result despite the disappointment.

"The Rugby World Cup is such an important sporting event and the benefits of hosting it are substantial".

"We are bitterly disappointed at this decision and would like to apologise to the people and government of South Africa for raising their hopes", he said.

"For nearly six years we have focused passionately on bringing a Rugby World Cup to Ireland in 2023".

"We can not hide our desolation but, for the sake of rugby we wish the 2023 tournament hosts every success". "But these are questions for World Rugby".

  • Tabitha Byrd