France awarded 2023 rugby world cup tournament

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The World Rugby Council voted in secret ballot to award the France the lucrative role of hosting the sport's 2023 World Cup, the second time it will have staged the event in five cycles, beating previously tipped favourites South Africa and Ireland.

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France, the overnight dark horse, has defied the recommendation of the Rugby World Cup board and the odds by winning the right to host the 2023 World Cup. The World Rugby Council voted this morning, in secret ballot, to award the French their second World Cup in five cycles, having hosted the 2007 tournament in what was clearly a reward for their lobbying and bargaining in recent weeks, as well as promises of financial largesse for World Rugby, reports The Irish Times.