South Africa set to host Rugby World Cup 2023 after board recommendation

• Rugby World Cup board evaluation gives highest score to South Africa
• Announcement likely to dash Irish hopes of hosting tournament for first time

South Africa is set to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup following the recommendation of the RWC board announced on Tuesday morning.

France and Ireland were also in the running, but South Africa were awarded the most points by a team of experts. All three bids were dissected, analysed and scored, on the basis of several key criteria.

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