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Ireland can still win 2023 World Cup bid, says Shane Ross

Ireland can still win 2023 World Cup bid, says Shane Ross

World Rugby has named South Africa as their preferred candidate to host the Rugby World Cup 2023.

Bill Beaumont, Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman and head of the sport's governing body World Rugby, said South Africa had emerged as clearly ahead in all seven key criteria such as stadia and financial assurances.

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

A technical review group scored each of the bids from Ireland, South Africa and France on five criteria which consist of; finance and tournament guarantees; venues and host cities; tournament infrastructure; vision and concept; and tournament organisation and schedule.

Tournament chief executive Andrew Hill says that the matter has been referred to Rugby League World Cup integrity unit for investigation and that the Italian officials are cooperating with the organising committee.

"We are 100 percent confident that the commitments we made in our document will be delivered".

"We do not consider it a mere formality that SA will be awarded the 2023 Rugby World Cup, but the whole rugby world will surely have taken note of the recommendations".

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"Other than that, we honestly can't do anything other than walk into the council meeting (on November 15) and hope that everybody has made the right decision".

The intensive selection process determined a financial model and the viability of each country to host the tournament, as well as ensuring sufficient revenues to continue the development of World Rugby.

Midi Olympique are reporting that France are second on the list, with Ireland bottom.

"We absolutely believe Ireland can secure the tournament for 2023", Ireland Rugby Football Union chairman Dick Spring said.

Two areas where the Irish bid were marked down in this category was with regard to the minimum tournament fee of £120m, which France (£150m) and South Africa (£160m) far exceeded, and in providing 'evidence that the commercial programme values will be optimised in the host country. It is also clear from the report that Ireland has all the capabilities to host an outstanding Rugby World Cup in 2023 stating as it does ...'any of the three candidates could host a successful Rugby World Cup'.

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.


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