“Some you win, some you lose,” Beaumount said. Reuters/Paul Childs
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World rugby chiefs denied they had been "humiliated" after France won the right to stage the 2023 World Cup Wednesday despite finishing behind rival bidders South Africa in an evaluation report.Wednesday's decision, announced by World rugby chairman Bill Beaumont, means France will be staging a World Cup for the second time, having previously hosted the 2007 edition. The tournament also comes a year before Paris hosts the 2024 Olympic Games.The first round finished with France on 18 votes, 1995 hosts South Africa on 13 and Ireland, who've yet to be the main hosts of a World Cup, on eight.With Ireland dropping out, France beat South Africa by 24 votes to 15 in the second round.It will follow the 2019 edition in Japan and, for the second time in a row, means a rugby World Cup will take place a year before the same country stages the Olympics, with Tokyo hosting the 2020 Games.
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