15 November 2017 – The decision is out and it will be France to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. This will be the third time France as a Rugby World Cup host. France beat South Africa, Ireland, and Italy (withdrew the bid on 28th September) in the final voting.
France host previous Rugby World Cup in 2007. They were also the co-host in the second edition of Rugby World Cup in 1991. They jointly hosted with England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.
The result causes shock among rugby fans as most of them expecting Ireland to host it in 2023. This is due to the fact that Ireland never hosts the game on their own.
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont announces France as Rugby World Cup 2023 hosts.
9 cities will host the matches.
Things were also expected to be bigger in 2023. World Rugby boss back in 2015, Brett Gosper has said a future World Cup could enlarge the number of teams taking part without losing competitiveness. Mr Gosper said allowing fringe nations into the event would allow them “to promote the sport in their countries”. “As the sport grows and we conquer new markets the discussion is about looking towards expanding [of the World Cup], rather than contracting,” he added.