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The candidates for the 2023 Rugby World Cup: Intro

The race to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will conclude in just a matter of weeks, with the World Rugby Council set to decide on November 15 whether France, Ireland or South Africa should host the tournament.

The winning bid will follow Japan, which will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup – the first competition in the history of the tournament to take place outside a traditional rugby union hotbed.

The three candidate unions submitted their bid files to Dublin-based World Rugby at the start of June, with The Sports Consultancy overseeing compliance to the submissions process as an independent assessor.

All three bids have been reviewed in detail by the specialist technical review group, evaluated against weighted criteria that include independent economic, financial and commercial assessments by Dow Jones Sports Intelligence and others.

The Sports Consultancy will independently assess the group’s application of the evaluation criteria to ensure a fair and consistent approach to the decision-making process. Each candidate had the opportunity to present their bid to the World Rugby Council on September 25, with the Rugby World Cup Board making its host recommendation on October 31 – something the council will take into consideration in its final decision.

When the bids were submitted, World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “We have three very strong and passionate candidates vying for selection as host of Rugby World Cup 2023 – all of whom have continually expressed their commitment throughout this process to hosting a fantastic tournament if selected.

“With the support of their respective governments, each candidate has worked hard to develop and shape their final submission documents as they bring to life their plans to stage tournaments that will not only be great for rugby, but great for their nation. The Rugby World Cup has demonstrated through past tournaments that it is a low-investment, high-return proposition with proven and significant benefits for host nations.”

Here SportBusiness International looks in detail at the three 2023 bids…

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This article features in the World Class Sports Hosts supplement which appeared in this month's SportBusiness International magazine

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