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SA braces for 2023 World Cup Rugby host announcement

South Africa was named World Rugby’s preferred candidate after a rigorous and hotly-contested evaluation process.

FILE: Springbok captain Francois Pienaar (right) is congratulated by South African President Nelson Mandela after South Africa won the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand 24 June 1995 in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - South Africa will on Wednesday afternoon find out if its hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The country was named World Rugby’s preferred candidate after a rigorous and hotly-contested evaluation process.

Other bidding nations, France and Ireland have since challenged the result.

After South Africa was named as World Rugby’s preferred candidate to host the World Cup in 2023, Ireland and France attacked the bidding scorecard.

The evaluation and scoring were meticulously completed by independent companies.

However, French rugby chief Bernard Laporte wrote to World Rugby, saying that he was not impressed that South Africa and France scored the same for security, citing South Africa’s high murder rate and also taking exception to France’s hospitality industry scoring lower.

Ireland Rugby’s Chief Executive Philip Browne questioned South Africa’s ability to fill stadiums, handle security and he cited the nation’s failed bid to host the Commonwealth Games.

The final decision ultimately lies with 26 World Rugby Council members who collectively have 39 votes.

Ballots will be cast today, and the winner is set to be announced at 3pm local time.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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