The 2023 Rugby 15’s World Cup will be hosted in Europe after Majority of the World Rugby Council members voted in favour of France.

Going to the voting process, South Africa were the favorites after the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board unanimously  recommended them to host the the 2023 edition.

However during the secret ballot voting process, France got 18 votes while South Africa and Ireland got 13 and eight votes respectively in the first round. Ireland was eliminated and in the second round France managed 24 votes against South Africa’s 15.

“We were fortunate to have three great bids. Two of the candidates will be extremely disapopinted obviously. I am delighted for France. It’s going to be a really exciting tournament,” World Rugby chairman, Bill Beaumont was quoted by the Guardian.

It will be the third time for France to host the World’s top competition. They hosted the 1991and 2007 editions.

This is the fourth time that South Africa has  unsuccessfully bidded to host the World Cup after hosting the 1995 edition, they were unable to acquire rights for the 2011, 2015, and 2019 tournaments.