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The 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to be held in South Africa after the Board of the sport's governing body recommended the country's bid ahead of Ireland and France on Tuesday but both losing nations vowed to fight on.


World Rugby's Council could still opt for any of the three bids when it votes on November 15 but is expected to rubber-stamp the recommendation and some unions Corey Coleman Limited Jersey , including New Zealand, have indicated that they will follow the Board's choice.


Japan will host the next tournament in 2019, the first in Asia.


Ireland's joint Republic and Northern Irish bid had been the bookmakers' favorite having never been the main host before while France was the outsider having staged the tournament in 2007.


Both, however, were outscored in the evaluation report where South Africa received an overall score of 78.97 percent to 75.88 for France and 72.25 for Ireland on a selection of weighted criteria.


South Africa hosted the 1995 World Cup against an extraordinary emotional, social and political backdrop after the country had missed the first two tournaments due to the sporting ban over apartheid.


The sight of Nelson Mandela in a Springbok shirt presenting the Webb Ellis Cup to Francois Pienaar as South Africa triumphed on home soil is probably the most iconic image in the tournament's history.


But though unashamedly using that tournament to strengthen its bid, South Africa scored well across much more prosaic issues such as transport, technology and match venues, with the availability of stadiums built for the 2010 soccer World Cup a major plus.


"We told the World Rugby Council that we would deliver a triple win tournament — a win for the game with record receipts; a win for the fans with an unforgettable tournament in a bucket-list destination and, most importantly, a win for the players with the most athlete-centric event in the tournament’s history," SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said.


Greater transparency


World Rugby and Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bill Beaumont said in a statement: "This is the first Rugby World Cup host selection to take place following a complete redesign of the bidding process to promote greater transparency and maximize World Rugby's hosting objectives.


"The comprehensive and independently scrutinized evaluation reaffirmed that we have three exceptional bids but it also identified South Africa as a clear leader."


The Irish finished last in all but one of the five main criteria and lost out badly on transport and information technology.


Amid the 220-page report, the following criticism of the Irish bid's technology plans stood out.


"The amount of upgrade work required introduces complexity and therefore a significant risk factor that is not inherent in the other two bids," it said.


They have not given up yet, however.


"While it is disappointing not to have received the initial recommendation there is nothing in the report which is insurmountable and this is certainly not the end of the road," Dick Spring, Ireland's bid committee chairman, said.


France also believe it is still in the race with South Africa.


"As of today, a final is taking shape in which France and South Africa will go head to head," said Bernard Laporte, president of the FFR.


"France was placed in top position on the main criterion: the financial offer and the guarantees.


"In this final straight, we are more mobilized and determined than ever to convince the voting federations that France is the best choice."


The three bidding countries will not take part in the November 15 vote. The remaining SANZAR and Six Nations unions will have three votes each of a total of 39, with the rest made up from the six regional associations and smaller rugby countries.


A minimum of 20 votes will be needed to secure the hosting rights.


Airbus signed a US$49.5 billion deal yesterday to sell 430 airplanes to the Phoenix-based private equity firm that owns Frontier Airlines, striking the European aerospace company’s biggest deal ever at the Dubai Airshow.


Meanwhile, Boeing reached an agreement with low-cost carrier FlyDubai to sell 225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft — a deal valued at US$27 billion. The developments came ahead of the biennial air show closing today.


“It’s ended up going out on a high,” airline analyst John Strickland of JLS Consulting said. “It shows once again the importance of this part of the world to the big airplane manufacturers.”


The Airbus deal with Indigo Partners will see 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos split up among Denver-based Frontier, JetSMART of Chile, Volaris of Mexico and Wizz Air of Hungary, all ultra-low-cost airlines associated with Indigo.


The A320neo and the A321neo are twin-engine, single-aisle planes popular among airlines because of their reduced fuel consumption.


The surprise announcement came after Airbus on Sunday suffered the embarrassment of believing it had struck a major deal with state-owned carrier Emirates to sell its A380 double-decker jumbo jet, only to see Boeing sit on the podium with the airline and sign a US$15.1 billion deal.


“Just to clarify: This is not an A380 press conference,” joked John Leahy, Airbus’ sales chief, as the start of the announcement.


A320neos list for US$108.4 million apiece and A321neos at US$127 million. Airlines and manufacturers negotiate lower prices for big deals like these, something Indigo’s managing partner Bill Franke was quick to stress afterward speaking to journalists.


“Here’s hoping,” he said. “Their objective is to sell aircraft at the best possible and our objective is to buy aircraft at the best possible price. I’ve known Mr Leahy for 25 years. Sometimes he wins, sometimes I win.”


Asked if he won this round, Franke said: “That’ll be a good question.”


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