So far, regarding sport, everything seems to smile on France! While the country will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019 and Paris the Summer Olympics in 2024, we’ve just heard that France will also host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. France outdistanced South Africa and Ireland which were also candidates.
A relief for rugby enthusiasts including the FFR – French Rugby Federation – chairman, Bernard Laporte.
Yet, things were far from being taken for granted since South Africa had been recommended by World Rugby and its English chairman, Bill Beaumont.
However, the fate decided otherwise. In the second voting round, France received 24 votes to South Africa that received 15 votes. And in the first round, France received 18 votes, South Africa 13 and Ireland 8.
For the record, France already hosted the Rugby World Cup. It was in 2007. At the time, South Africa won the very-coveted cup in Stade de France.
We hope France will take its revenge.