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Rugby World Reacts As France Named 2023 World Cup Host

Rugby World Reacts As France Named 2023 World Cup Host
By Maurice Brosnan

France have been revealed as the host for the Rugby World Cup 2023. They were surprisingly named the winner after a secret ballot in London today. The bid was a massive disappointment for Ireland, who finished with a mere 8 votes in total.

The reaction to the news was certainly divided.

Leinster and Ireland Gary Ringrose commented

I’m obviously hugely disappointed that we were unsuccessful in our bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, but I’d like to wish France all the very best in their preparations for the tournament. To have come this far in the bidding process is a huge achievement for a country of our size. Our bid team must take immense credit for all their hard work throughout the process.

It would have been a huge honour and privilege for the people of Ireland to host the world for a few special weeks and for us to represent them. Hopefully we might get that opportunity again sometime in the future.

Former Ireland and Ulster back-row Stephen Ferris had this to say:

Having played in New Zealand in 2011, I’ve seen at first-hand how special an experience a World Cup can be. Despite playing in places like Auckland and Dunedin, it felt as though we were the home team as all of the Irish in that part of the world seemed to come out and support us.

I believe that a tournament in Ireland would have been like no other. I was hugely excited by the prospect and at the thought of all of those Irish people throughout the world coming home.

The decision will result in severe criticism for World Rugby, who published an independent report last month recommending  South Africa as the most suitable host.

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