It was announced yesterday that South Africa were officially recommended as hosts for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. However, this is not yet set in stone, as the decision lies with the World Rugby Council on November 15.
While South Africa are now heavy favourites, there is still a chance for both Ireland and France, as the members go to a ballot to decide.
Irish Rugby have come out fighting, suggesting that they will not give up hope, and will ramp up efforts in the remaining two weeks to ensure that they win the bid.
South African Rugby CEO Jurie Roux has called for the Irish and French unions to “take the moral high ground” and let the process run its course.
“Hopefully Ireland and France, like us, will stick to the moral high ground.
“You can’t add any more information, you can’t present to anybody, you can’t do any more presentations … all you can do is ask for the process to take its normal course and hopefully not be part of anything untoward.
“What we will do is keep on feeding information on our bid and the fact that we’re grateful that we’re over the first hurdle.
“Other than that, we honestly can’t do anything other than walk into the council meeting (on November 15) and hope that everybody has made the right decision.” Quotes via Sport 24.
All indications from the Irish camp suggest that they still very much believe that hosting the World Cup in 2023 is an achievable goal, and they will continue to fight over the next fortnight.