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Rugby report tries French and Irish patience

Kristine Garrett | 05 November, 2017, 08:25

"We have therefore written to World Rugby and to Bill Beaumont (chairman, ED) for answers to these questions and for this to be changed, that is to say that France is placed in front of it". "We looked at the report: there are six points that we are behind South Africa, especially the two on which this is not possible", said Laporte. "I rather think that it's incompetence".

Following Tuesday's announcement by World Rugby that South Africa has been chosen as the preferred candidate to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, French rugby president, Bernard Laporte has come out guns blazing in criticising the evaluation process employed.

"The comprehensive technical evaluation has been undertaken by a team of World Rugby and third-party experts, independently scrutinised by The Sports Consultancy against agreed scoring criteria", the statement read before adding that they will raise their concerns with the French federation.

The Rugby World Cup Board unanimously recommended earlier this week that the World Rugby Council award the tournament to South Africa when they vote later this month. South Africa, Ireland and France will bid for the rights to hold the RWC in 2023, following the next RWC which will be held in Japan in 2019. This echoes in part claims made by Laporte that the report was more an exercise conducted internally than externally.

The letter accuses the report of being biased against a potential new host country as it docked Ireland a number of points for lacking experience in hosting a previous tournament.

Spring closed by reiterating that no decision on RWC 2023 is taken until the vote takes place in London in 10 days' time. "Rather than rely exclusively on the findings of this consultant-dominated report we ask, in a spirit reflecting all that is great about Rugby, that you consider our bid in full and then exert your right to vote in the best interests of rugby and the Rugby World Cup".

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