Key day in Irish bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

Josh Mantellato taken down by the Irish defence

Josh Mantellato taken down by the Irish defence

Tournament chief executive Andrew Hill says that the matter has been referred to Rugby League World Cup integrity unit for investigation and that the Italian officials are cooperating with the organising committee.

While the happenings of Tuesday do not guarantee South Africa the tournament, they go a long way given that the 39 votes that are to be cast ahead of the November 15 announcement will come from the World Rugby Council.

Midi Olympique are reporting that France are second on the list, with Ireland bottom. Football, handball, rugby, France has shown for many years that it knows how to organize events.

The board made its recommendation following detailed consideration of the host candidate evaluation report.

South Africa last hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995, when a triumphant Springboks became a symbol for Nelson Mandela's new Rainbow Nation.

Those eligible to vote are: Australia (3 votes), England (3), New Zealand (3), Scotland (3), Wales (3), Italy (3), Argentina (3), Canada (1), Japan (2), Georgia (1), Romania (1), US (1), Asia Rugby (2), Oceania Rugby (2), Rugby Africa (2), Rugby Americas North (2), Rugby Europe (2), South America Rugby (2).

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They notched up a partnership of 230 for the second wicket and effectively batted New Zealand out of the series. Suddenly a fan wearing a blue Jersey named Virat Kohli ran towards him with the flag of India .

"The comprehensive and independently scrutinized evaluation reaffirmed that we have three exceptional bids but it also identified South Africa as a clear leader based on performance against the key criteria", World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said.

World Rugby's Council is expected to rubber-stamp the recommendation on November 15 - though it could still opt for any of the three bids.

"We absolutely believe Ireland can secure the tournament for 2023", Spring said.

"On a first reading of the report, It is clear that the Evaluation Commission is impressed by the quality and detail of the bid put forward on behalf of Ireland". There were fears in South Africa that the aborted Commonwealth Games hosting might adversely affect the Rugby World Cup bid. "In line with World Rugby's mission to deliver a ground-breaking, rigorous and fully transparent host selection process for its showcase event, the report is being published today as agreed by Council".

Ireland's proposition in this regard is compelling, and so our team will compete to the final whistle as we bid to turn our historic bid plans into reality.

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