World Rugby Issue Statement In Response To Ireland & France Concerns

Addressed in full.

World Rugby have released a statement following concerns from both Ireland and France regarding the governing body’s technical review ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023 host vote.

South Africa were recommended as host country under a number of criteria, but both Ireland and France have expressed deep concern with how the scoring was calculated among other things.

World Rugby have now come out with the following statement, in which they claim all concerns have been addressed in full.

“World Rugby can confirm that it has addressed in full, clarification requests by the Rugby World Cup 2023 host candidates and Council members.
The ability to submit clarification requests following the publication of the recommendation and comprehensive report on 31 October was agreed and permitted within the host selection process operated by World Rugby.
These clarifications have been addressed with significant supporting detail, and have been shared with the host candidates and World Rugby Council.
The comprehensive and objective responses reflect the transparent principles at the heart of the independently audited process. They do not impact on the detail or outcomes of the evaluation report nor on the subsequent recommendation.”

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said:

“Following the publication of the Rugby World Cup 2023 recommendation and evaluation report, I would like to thank the host candidates for their feedback. In order for Council to have appropriate time to consider all the materials, the window for dialogue is now closed. We now look forward to Council making its decision in London on 15 November.”

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