#RWC2023 SA will most certainly bid next time, says Ramaphosa

South Africa vice-president Cyril Ramaphosa, one of the architects of the relatively peaceful transition from apartheid, said a 2023 World Cup in the country would serve as affirmation of much of what the late Mandela stood for.

In total, 39 votes were accumulated based on the breakdown of different countries' weights to determine who would host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

"When you host the World Cup, you create an aspirational platform and a financial platform that creates enough revenue so you can further your development plans and maybe stem the outflow of the players".

Browne said that while it's an extremely disappointing day for Ireland, it may lead to questions for World Rugby on what they want from a tournament host.

"But obviously I am delighted for France, they have run a World Cup before and we are really excited for the tournament".

"This is the fourth successive time we have bid for the tournament: this is not a "nice-to-have" for rugby in South Africa - the opportunity to recapture just some of the spirit of 1995 has been an obsession for us".

"I would like to thank the Ministry of Sport and they gave a very important guarantee for the competition".

Argentina, Australia, England, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales had three votes apiece.

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

David Sterling, Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service: "I too would like to congratulate France and wish them well for a successful tournament in 2023".

"We always set out that the day after the announcement, one way or another, we could look ourselves in the mirror and say we did everything we could".

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt had been convinced his side's record 30-3 thumping of the Springboks in Dublin on Saturday could swing the vote of World Rugby's member nations, but that hope has now been dashed.

"It's like losing in the 79th minute of a match when you're ahead", said Mark Alexander, the SA Rugby president who felt the need to apologise to the nation for raising its expectations.

"We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed". "When the Fifa World Cup was held there in 2010, we had a more than 20 percent uptake in players".

"We can not hide our desolation but, for the sake of rugby we wish the 2023 tournament hosts every success".

"We produced a compelling bid document that earned the unanimous recommendation of the Rugby World Cup board".

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