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"World Rugby can confirm that it has addressed in full, clarification requests by the Rugby World Cup2023 host candidates and council members", read World Rugby's statement.
"The Welsh, I think, probably wanted to support Gareth Davies [WRU Chairman] who's director of Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) who produced the evaluation report and then disappointingly, the Italians, who we've supported hugely over the past number of years effectively went with the French as well".
France has won the hosting rights to the 2023 Rugby World Cup, infuriating the ousted South African bidding team.
Controversy has surrounded bids to host other major sporting events recently and although the Olympic Games remains a secret ballot, Federation Internationale de Football Association has changed its rules to make the vote for the next World Cup an open one.
"However, in the feedback sessions I am sure we will be recommending to the World Rugby Council that the verdict of the evaluation committee become binding".
Ireland had been eliminated after the first round of voting with just eight votes from 39, opening the way for a France-South Africa showdown.
"I'm very disappointed indeed". We would have had the same thing here.
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But the former France coach was all smiles after securing the 10th edition of the tournament which began in 1987 when the sport was still amateur.
"That's the fact. We owe it to ourselves, the government and people of Ireland who have been very enthusiastic about it to fight to the end for it".
"Sadly, it was not to be but I'm confident that we will take learnings from this bid and propose an even better event sometime in the future".
"You would have thought [that they would support us] but the Scots went for the money and effectively said to us that they would vote for the bid that produces the most monies. But these are questions for World Rugby".
"It will be played out in reality that a country coming from a sad past, we will have achieved Nelson Mandela's dream of a true rainbow nation".
Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, said he was "desolated" and fumed about breaches of protocol by other bidders. We wish them every success as they turn their attention to delivering an outstanding tournament.
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