Appraisal Recommends Tweaks To RWC Host Selection Process

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7 May 2018

World Rugby has released feedback from an independent report they commissioned on the bid evaluation and appointment process for hosting RWC in 2023. The review was undertaken by independent experts BDO LLP and featured evaluation of feedback from all stakeholders, including bid unions and Council members.

The general feedback from stakeholders for the new process was that it was an improvement on previous bids and all endorsed a transparent and professional approach.

The main criticism was that the published evaluation report on each bid before the successful host candidate is announced should contain a technical assessment and a risk assessment, without an overall score or recommendation.

It was also felt that if all candidates are capable of hosting, this should be clearly highlighted in the report.

The feedback also suggested that WR Council voting should be in the form of an electronic ballot and published in the further interests of transparency.

France was awarded hosting rights for Rugby World Cup 2023 in November 2017 following a vote by the World Rugby Council. The selection marked the end of a ground-breaking two-year process which, for the first time, secured all key tournament provisions prior to awarding, including all guarantee and financial provisions, stadia and rights protection obligations.

An official evaluation report published prior to the Council vote last autumn seemed to favour South Africa as host despite the eventual selection of France. 

World Rugby say they are committed to host selection processes that deliver the best-possible outcomes for

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