- 2023 Rugby World Cup to be held in France
- South Africa were favorites to host tournament
South Africa was expected to win the nomination after an independent evaluation report by World Rugby, the sport's international governing body, last month identified the Rainbow Nation -- which hosted the tournament in 1995 -- as the "clear leader" ahead of France and Ireland.
But it is France which will stage the 10th edition of rugby union's most prestigious competition -- a tournament it has staged before, in 2007.
It will be a busy period for France, with the 2023 Rugby World Cup coming a year before Paris hosts the Summer Olympics.