FILE PHOTO: New Zealand's team celebrates with the Webb Ellis trophy after winning the Rugby World Cup Final against Australia at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo
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The 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to be held in South Africa after the Board of the sport's governing body recommended their bid ahead of Ireland and France Tuesday but both losing nations vowed to fight on.World Rugby's Council could still opt for any of the three bids when it votes on Nov. 15 but is expected to rubber-stamp the recommendation and some unions, including New Zealand, have indicated that they will follow the Board's choice.Both, however, were outscored in the evaluation report where South Africa received an overall score of 78.97 percent to 75.88 for France and 72.25 for Ireland on a selection of weighted criteria.South Africa hosted the 1995 World Cup against an extraordinary emotional, social and political backdrop after the country had missed the first two tournaments due to the sporting ban over apartheid.France also believe they are still in the race with South Africa.
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