France named as 2023 Rugby World Cup host

France last hosted the World Cup in 2007. (Reuters)

France last hosted the World Cup in 2007. (Reuters)

France has won the right to stage the 2023 World Cup, it was announced Wednesday, despite finishing behind rival bidders South Africa in an evaluation report.

The report, widely criticised by both France and Ireland, the third bidding country, was not binding on the remaining members of the World Rugby Council, who voted in London.

Wednesday’s decision, announced by World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont, means France will be staging a World Cup for the second time, having previously hosted the 2007 edition. – Agence France-Presse

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