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President of the French bid Claude Atcher (L), French rugby union federation (FFR) vice-president Serge Simon (C) and French rugby president Bernard Laporte react as France is named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, in London, on November 15, 2017

President of the French bid Claude Atcher (L), French rugby union federation (FFR) vice-president Serge Simon (C) and French rugby president Bernard Laporte react as France is named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, in London, on November 15, 2017

President of the French bid Claude Atcher (L), French rugby union federation (FFR) vice-president Serge Simon (C) and French rugby president Bernard Laporte react as France is named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, in London, on November 15, 2017 (AFP Photo/-)

President of the French bid Claude Atcher (L), French rugby union federation (FFR) vice-president Serge Simon (C) and French rugby president Bernard Laporte react as France is named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, in London, on November 15, 2017

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement - Pretoria, South Africa - November 15, 2017 South African fans react after France was announced as the Rugby World Cup host country for the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a public viewing area. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement - Pretoria, South Africa - November 15, 2017 South African fans react after France was announced as the Rugby World Cup host country for the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a public viewing area. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, stunning South Africa

New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams has altercation breaks out with the French team during a rugby union international match at Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, stunning South Africa

Claude Atcher Director of the French World Cup bid, left, and Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union speak to the media after France won the right to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Three competing countries South Africa, Ireland and France bid for the rights to hold the RWC in 2023, following the next RWC which will be held in Japan in 2019.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, stunning South Africa

Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union, centre, gestures as he waits with members of the France bid team after France won the right to host Rugby World Cup in 2023, with the Rugby World Cup trophy at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Three competing countries South Africa, Ireland and France bid for the rights to hold the RWC in 2023, following the next RWC which will be held in Japan in 2019.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, stunning South Africa

Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union listens to a question from the media after France were announced as winners of the right to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, a year before the Olympic Games in Paris, after surprisingly beating South Africa and Ireland in a vote on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, stunning South Africa

Claude Atcher Director of the French World Cup bid, left, and Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union join in an impromptu singing of the La Marseillaise as they celebrate, after France were announced as winners of the right to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, a year before the Olympic Games in Paris, after surprisingly beating South Africa and Ireland in a vote on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, stunning South Africa

Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union, centre right, celebrates with members of the bid team after France won the right to host the the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Three competing countries South Africa, Ireland and France bid for the rights to hold the RWC in 2023, following the next RWC which will be held in Japan in 2019.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union, centre, gestures as he waits with members of the France bid team after France won the right to host Rugby World Cup in 2023, with the Rugby World Cup trophy at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Three competing countries South Africa, Ireland and France bid for the rights to hold the RWC in 2023, following the next RWC which will be held in Japan in 2019.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Claude Atcher Director of the French World Cup bid, left, and Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union speak to the media after France won the right to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Three competing countries South Africa, Ireland and France bid for the rights to hold the RWC in 2023, following the next RWC which will be held in Japan in 2019.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Claude Atcher Director of the French World Cup bid, left, and Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union join in an impromptu singing of the La Marseillaise as they celebrate, after France were announced as winners of the right to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, a year before the Olympic Games in Paris, after surprisingly beating South Africa and Ireland in a vote on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union listens to a question from the media after France were announced as winners of the right to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, a year before the Olympic Games in Paris, after surprisingly beating South Africa and Ireland in a vote on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union, centre right, celebrates with members of the bid team after France won the right to host the the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Three competing countries South Africa, Ireland and France bid for the rights to hold the RWC in 2023, following the next RWC which will be held in Japan in 2019.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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South African rugby union fans at a big screen in Pretoria react with disappointment following the announcement that France will host the 2023 World Cup.

Claude Atcher Director of the French World Cup bid, left, gestrues as he and Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union speak to the media, after France were announced as winners of the right to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, a year before the Olympic Games in Paris, after surprisingly beating South Africa and Ireland in a vote on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Rugby Union - RugbyU: France to stage 2023 Rugby World Cup

French rugby President Bernard Laporte gestures after France was named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London on November 15, 2017.France has won the right to stage the 2023 World Cup, it was announced Wednesday, despite finishing behind rival bidders South Africa in an evaluation report. (AFP Photo/ADRIAN DENNIS)

Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement - Royal Garden Hotel, London, Britain - November 15, 2017 France's Bernard Laporte, President of the Federation Francaise de Rugby during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement - Pretoria, South Africa - November 15, 2017 South African fans react after France was announced as the Rugby World Cup host country for the Rugby World Cup in 2023, at a public viewing area. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement - Royal Garden Hotel, London, Britain - November 15, 2017 France's Bernard Laporte, President of the Federation Francaise de Rugby talks during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement - Royal Garden Hotel, London, Britain - November 15, 2017 France's Bernard Laporte, President of the Federation Francaise de Rugby talks during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement - Royal Garden Hotel, London, Britain - November 15, 2017 France's Bernard Laporte, President of the Federation Francaise de Rugby talks during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Claude Atcher Director of the French World Cup bid, left, and Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union pose for photographs after France won the right to host Rugby World Cup in 2023, with the Rugby World Cup trophy at a hotel in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Three competing countries South Africa, Ireland and France bid for the rights to hold the RWC in 2023, following the next RWC which will be held in Japan in 2019.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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