World Rugby selects France as host of Rugby World Cup 2023
By Community | November 15, 2017
The World Rugby Council awarded Rugby World Cup 2023 to France, which was selected following two rounds of voting during a meeting in London.
France received 24 votes to South Africa’s 15 in the final round of voting. In the first round, France received 18 votes to South Africa’s 13 and Ireland’s eight.
Following today’s vote, France will be hosting rugby’s showcase men’s event for the second time and hosting the 10th edition of the event 200 years after William Webb Ellis gave birth to the sport.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Congratulations to France on being elected Rugby World Cup 2023 host. They presented a very strong and comprehensive bid, which clearly resonated with the Council today.
“We had three outstanding host candidates, who raised the bar and overwhelmingly demonstrated that they were all capable of hosting an exceptional Rugby World Cup. There was very little to choose between the candidates and this was reflected in the independently-audited evaluation report.
“We now look forward to working in partnership with France to deliver what I am sure will be a very successful Rugby World Cup in 2023.”
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) November 15, 2017