2023 Candidates Cry Foul To World Rugby

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8 November 2017

World Rugby and the leading bidder named in the RWC2023 Evaluation Report, South Africa must have anticipated two weeks of lively debate between publication last week and the secret ballot of the World Rugby Congress to decide the successful candidate next week when the new bidding protocol was first revealed.

Despite an agreed code of conduct amongst the potential hosts, executives behind France and Ireland campaigns have been publicly critical of World Rugby, the evaluation process and South Africa’s credentials as a host over the last week.

That may be the tip of the iceberg when considering the heated exchanges going on behind closed doors of rugby union’s corridors of power in the lead up to the secret ballot at the World Rugby Congress in London next Wednesday (November 15th).

FFR president, Bernard Laporte accused World Rugby of incompetence and negligence in putting together a report that was not fit for purpose. The French bid had their value as a host reduced because they had more stringent national laws on doping positives for which they had not sought an exemption for the period of the tournament.

Both Ireland and France were surprised to find themselves scoring equally to South Africa as a security risk when crime rates and violence were well-documented. Ireland also argued that their risk factor should be counted as less than France.

Dick Spring, representing Ireland’s 2023 Oversight Board wrote to all WR Council members. While Philip Browne the chief executive of

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