France has won the right to stage the 2023 World Cup it was announced today, despite finishing behind rival bidders South Africa in an evaluation report.
South Africa had been recommended by World Rugby's Board but Council members voted convincingly 24-15 for France, which also held the tournament in 2007, after Ireland was knocked out in the first round.
Ireland has missed out on hosting the Rugby World Cup 2023.
Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup has been "holed" but not sunk by the report which placed them third of the three bids, Philip Browne, the IRFU chief, told AFP in an interview.
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.
Following today's vote, France will be hosting rugby's showcase men's event for the second time and hosting the 10th edition of the event 200 years after William Webb Ellis gave birth to the sport.
"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".
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"We believe this is the most comprehensive and transparent host selection process ever undertaken by World Rugby".
Beaumont rejected suggestions the decision made a mockery of World Rugby's process and that it was a humiliation for the organisation.
World Rugby had hit back at the criticisms of their process, labelling it inaccurate.
"We have said throughout that we would honour both the letter and the spirit of the process and we now consider the 2023 bidding process closed".
"In our letter, we had a great saying by Albert Einstein and here I paraphrase him: "There are a lot of things that can be counted which don't actually count and there are lots of things that count that can't be counted".
The four other unions, from Canada, Georgia, Romania and the United States, had one vote apiece.
"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 wish them every success as they turn their attention to delivering an outstanding tournament.