South Africa had been recommended by World Rugby's board but the council (made up of member nations) opted to go for France, who also hosted the tournament in 1991 and 2007.
Dick Spring, Chairman, Ireland 2023 Bid Oversight Board: "We want to congratulate France on their nomination today, by World Rugby, as hosts for the 2023 Rugby World Cup". The most important voting process will be conducted in a secret ballot on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.
"World Rugby can confirm that it has addressed in full, clarification requests by the Rugby World Cup 2023 host candidates and council members", read World Rugby's statement.
"Hosting Rugby World Cup 2023 will be a massive boost for our country as well as the game of rugby", said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux ahead of the announcement. This process, according to World Rugby, was transparent and fair - something which Ireland and France disagreed with. We wish them every success as they turn their attention to delivering an outstanding tournament.
"Crazy. I wonder why they even appointed an independent firm to make a recommendation?". "Sadly, the day is not ours, however I predict that there will be a lot of Irish people taking holidays in France in 2023".
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"The ability to submit clarification requests following the publication of the recommendation and comprehensive report on 31 October was agreed and permitted within the host selection process operated by World Rugby".
"This is the fourth successive time we have bid for the tournament: this is not a "nice-to-have" for rugby in South Africa - the opportunity to recapture just some of the spirit of 1995 has been an obsession for us". "When the Fifa World Cup was held there in 2010, we had a more than 20 percent uptake in players".
"I believe that a tournament in Ireland would have been like no other".
"While the players and their coaching teams continue to break new ground competitively, Rugby Players Ireland also strives to realise its vision that says: 'Ireland is the best place in the world to play rugby'".
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