Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D. today congratulated the winning hosts of the Rugby World Cup 2023, France and thanked all the parties who produced a World Class Bid from Ireland.
France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating off competition from Ireland and South Africa.
From the above criteria, South Africa ranked highest with 78.97%, France second with 75.88% and Ireland third with 72.25%, however members of the World Rugby Council opted to select France. They hosted the soccer World Cup in 1998 and the European Championships in 2000 and 2016.
England hosted the most recent tournament, in 2015, when New Zealand won a second successive title after victory on home soil in 2011.
Browne insists Irish anger is not being directed at South Africa - he calls his South African counterpart Jurie Roux one of rugby's "gentlemen" - but at the report itself. "17,000 jobs will be created and I'm very proud of that".
"As our nearest neighbours, that is a huge disappointment to us".
The IRFU and the team behind our bid, however, have said that it is still possible for us to win.
"We thank World Rugby for replying to our letter". The remaining Six Nations and SANZAR countries had three votes each with the rest made up from the six regional associations and smaller rugby countries.
"One has to ask the question, why has the vote gone against the recommendation when most of the unions said they would vote with the recommendation?" Football has been mired in scandal over the staging of its World Cup.
Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, said he was "desolated" and fumed about breaches of protocol by other bidders.
"It's bitterly disappointing and quite surprising".
"We are disappointed today but we can look back with pride at the significant time and collaborative effort which had been put into our bid and which proved that Ireland has the credentials to host a Rugby World Cup".
"We can not hide our desolation but, for the sake of rugby we wish the 2023 tournament hosts every success".
"For nearly six years we have focused passionately on bringing a Rugby World Cup to Ireland in 2023".