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

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

The announcement follows SA Rugby's submission of a 827-page, 8.2kg bid book which included a commitment from the South African government to exceed the minimum guarantee of £120 million (R2.27 billion) required by World Rugby with an additional guarantee of £40 million (R757 million).

Last month World Rugby published an evaluation report which said South Africa should be chosen as hosts with an overall rating of 78.97%, compared with 75.88% for France and 72.25% for Ireland, across a range of criteria.

First round of voting: France 18, South Africa 13, Ireland 8.

"It was not the process which was not fair, but there were some aspects we did not find fair".

Browne, who has been in his post since 1998 and been responsible for successfully guiding Irish rugby from the amateur era to the professional world, believes though the prize is still up for grabs.

South Africa, which staged the 1995 World Cup and won it in their first appearance after missing the first two because of the apartheid sporting ban, had been odds-on favourite after coming out clearly on top in the evaluation report.

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

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.

"You would have thought [that they would support us] but the Scots went for the money and effectively said to us that they would vote for the bid that produces the most monies. That recommendation was questioned last week by rivals, but endorsed a second time by World Rugby last week", he said.

World Rugby replied with clarifications but it is now up to the 39 votes on its Council to decide whether they accept the unanimous decision of the Rugby World Cup board to award South Africa the hosting rights for the second time. We wish them every success as they turn their attention to delivering an outstanding tournament.

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