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Jones leaves barbs to Cheika ahead of England vs Wallabies

England coach Eddie Jones looks across the pitch before a rugby union international match between England and Argentina at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

England coach Eddie Jones looks across the pitch before a rugby union international match between England and Argentina at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement - Royal Garden Hotel, London, Britain - November 15, 2017 Members of the Ireland 2023 bid team talk during their press conferencee Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

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)

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 World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement - Royal Garden Hotel, London, Britain - November 15, 2017 Members of the Ireland 2023 bid team talk during their press conferencee 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)

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)

Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 Host Country Announcement - Royal Garden Hotel, London, Britain - November 15, 2017 Members of the Ireland 2023 bid team talk during their press conferencee 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)

Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union, 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)

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)

Claude Atcher, director of the French World Cup bid, left, with Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union, center, smile during a press conference after France won the right hold 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 2019 RWC which will be held in Japan. Man at right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union, centre, helps to move the Rugby World Cup trophy as they wait for a photograph, after France won the right to hold the Rugby World Cup in 2023, 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 RWC 2019 which will be held in Japan. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Union, centre, helps to move the Rugby World Cup trophy as they wait for a photograph, after France won the right to hold the Rugby World Cup in 2023, 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 RWC 2019 which will be held in Japan. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Ireland’s last-ditch lobbying has South Africa in a sweat over 2023 World Cup

Phillip Browne, chief executive of the Ireland rugby union, received a terse response to his complaints about World Rugby’s recommendation of South Africa as 2023 hosts.

South Africa expects to receive 2023 Rugby World Cup

South Africa's Lood de Jager wins a line out against Ireland during their rugby union international match at the Aviva stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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