France win shock vote to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

• Favourites South Africa snubbed in secret London ballot
• World Rugby council also overlooks Ireland

France is toasting the announcement that it will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after being named the surprise winner of a secret World Rugby council ballot in London on Wednesday.

The bid beat off competition from the preferred hosts, South Africa, and Ireland having received the nomination after a second round of voting was required.

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