France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

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France will host the Rugby World Cup for a second time on French soil in 2023 after beating off competition from favorites South Africa and Ireland.

France has staged the competition twice before - in 1991 as a joint host and 2007 - and won in the second round of voting, with 24 votes compared to 15 for South Africa. Ireland was eliminated in the first round of voting after only getting eight of the 39 votes.

The next Rugby World Cup is set to take place in Japan in 2019.