Here’s How The Voting Process Works For Today’s 2023 Rugby World Cup Vote

Not long to go now.

The host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be announced live on World Rugby’s social channels at 1pm today, with Ireland, France and South Africa set to battle it out.

World Rugby’s technical review recommended that South Africa host the showpiece event, but the latest word is that all three nations are very much still in the running.

Here’s how today’s voting process works.

There are 39 votes to cast, which means we could end up with one nation having the majority, two nations tied with the most votes, or a three-way tie. Should one of the nations get a simple majority (20 votes) in the first round of voting, they will be the confirmed host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

If two of the nations are tied with the most votes after the first round, there will be a second round of voting, with only those two countries in the second round. The winner of the second round of voting would then be confirmed as host.

If all three nations have the same amount of votes after the first round, there will be a second round of voting.

South Africa would progress automatically to the second round as World Rugby’s preferred candidate, with France and Ireland first going through a preliminary vote to see who would go up against South Africa in the second round.

The winner of the second round of voting would then be confirmed as host.

Here’s a breakdown of the 39 votes up for grabs:

Voting weights

Australia 3 votes
England 3 votes
New Zealand 3 votes
Scotland 3 votes
Wales 3 votes
Italy 3 votes
Argentina 3 votes
Japan 2 votes
Canada 1 vote
Georgia 1 vote
Romania 1 vote
USA 1 vote
Asia Rugby 2 votes
Oceania Rugby 2 votes
Rugby Africa 2 votes
Rugby Americas North 2 votes
Rugby Europe 2 votes
Sudamerica Rugby 2 votes

 

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