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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, 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)

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, 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)

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)

Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies

Rugby Union - Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies - Nissan stadium, Yokohama, Japan - November 4, 2017 - Australia's Samu Kerevi and Japan's Lomano Lava Lemeki in action. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies

Rugby Union - Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies - Nissan stadium, Yokohama, Japan - November 4, 2017 - Australia's Marika Koroibete and Japan's Michael Leitch in action. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

KOT26. Yokohama (Japan), 04/11/2017.- Fans for Japan cheer prior to the rugby union test match between Japan and Australia at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, 04 November 2017. (Tokio, Japón) EFE/EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

KOT26. Yokohama (Japan), 04/11/2017.- A fan for Australia is seen prior to the rugby union test match between Japan and Australia at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, 04 November 2017. (Tokio, Japón) EFE/EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Rugby Union - Wallabies hit 60 against Japan in tour opener

Tevita Kuridrani (L) of Australia celebrates his try during the rugby union test match between Japan and Australia in Yokohama, suburb of Tokyo, on November 4, 2017. (AFP Photo/Toru YAMANAKA)

Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies

Rugby Union - Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies - Nissan stadium, Yokohama, Japan - November 4, 2017 - Australia's Samu Kerevi and Japan's Lomano Lava Lemeki in action. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies

Rugby Union - Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies - Nissan stadium, Yokohama, Japan - November 4, 2017 - Australia's Tevita Kuridrani celebrates with teammates after scoring a try. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies

Rugby Union - Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies - Nissan stadium, Yokohama, Japan - November 4, 2017 - Australia's Samu Kerevi in action. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies

Rugby Union - Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies - Nissan stadium, Yokohama, Japan - November 4, 2017 - Australia's Sean McMahon and Japan's Amanaki Lelei Mafi in action. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies

Rugby Union - Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies - Nissan stadium, Yokohama, Japan - November 4, 2017 - Australia's Marika Koroibete and Japan's Kotaro Matsushima (L) in action. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies

Rugby Union - Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies - Nissan stadium, Yokohama, Japan - November 4, 2017 - Australia's Henry Speight (2nd R) runs for a try. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies

Rugby Union - Rugby Test - Japan Brave Blossoms v Australia Wallabies - Nissan stadium, Yokohama, Japan - November 4, 2017 - Australia's Tevita Kuridrani reacts after his try. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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