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About two weeks ago South Africa was recommended by the rugby governing body to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. South Africa preciously hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup which the Boks subsequently won. It was a historic event after the end of apartheid which brought the nation together.
South Africa got the unanimous approval of the World Rigby board after scoring an overall score of 78.97% in 5 categories used to rate bidding countries. France had the second highest score with an overall score of 75.88%. Ireland on the other hand who were hoping to host the Rugby World Cup for the first time had the lowest score of 72.25% as it did not manage to win in any of the 5 categories with South Africa leading in 3 categories and France taking the other 2 categories.
After South Africa was recommended both France and Ireland refused to accept defeat and have been doing behind the scenes lobbying to get rugby governing body to give the hosting rights to them despite not being recommended initially.
The final decision will be made today on the 15th of November 2017 on who will be the host of the 2023 RWC. The decision will be made using a secret ballot in London where 39 votes will be cast, and each country would need a majority of 20 votes to get the hosting rights to the Rugby World Cup 2023.
Whilst South Africa is still the favourite going into the vote, it is likely to be a very close race between Ireland and South Africa because Ireland have been lobbying hard ever since South Africa was recommended.
World Rugby’s report has been disregarded by both France and Ireland so we will all have to wait and see what the final result is.