France win shock vote to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

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Guide • Favourites South Africa snubbed in secret London ballot
• World Rugby council also overlooks Ireland

France is toasting the announcement that it will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after being named the surprise winner of a secret World Rugby council ballot in London on Wednesday.

The bid beat off competition from the preferred hosts, South Africa


World Rugby and Bill Beaumont face backlash after France named 2023 host

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Guide • Report had recommended South Africa as ‘‘clear leader’ but it lost 24-15
• Chairman Bill Beaumont denies World Cup vote is a personal humiliation

World Rugby was left embarrassed and in disarray on Wednesday night after France was announced as the surprise host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, prompting accusations of horse-trading and a power


Wales centre Jonathan Davies sidelined for six months with foot injury

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• Scarlets player was hurt during defeat to Australia at weekend
• Jamie Roberts called up to Wales’ autumn Test squad as cover

The Wales centre Jonathan Davies is set to be sidelined for around six months after suffering a foot injury. The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) said “it is envisaged that recovery will be in the region of six months,” while also co

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