Battle to host World Cup spices up Ireland’s clash with South Africa

Ireland and South Africa are bidding to host the 2023 World Cup and meet on the field in Dublin just days before the winner is announced

Ireland’s meeting with South Africa in Dublin on Saturday evening is a skirmish before a bigger battle involving the countries next week. The hosts for the 2023 World Cup will be announced in London on Wednesday with the Springboks meeting the third contender, France, that weekend.The consultancy firm hired by World Rugby to assess the bids recommended South Africa, although it is not binding on the members of World Rugby’s council which will vote by secret ballot. Ireland and France reacted ...