'The window for dialogue is closed' - World Rugby say they have addressed Ireland's queries ahead of World Cup vote
World Rugby say that they have addressed clarification requests from the 2023 Rugby World Cup host candidates 'in full' ahead of next Wednesday's vote.
On October 31, a report was published authored by the Technical Review Group, with South Africa getting the nod as the most suitable host country ahead of France and Ireland.
Philip Browne of the IRFU and Bernard Laporte of the FFR subsequently voiced their concerns regarding various aspects of the report, and outlined specific issues that they wanted clarified to the World Rugby Council, who vote on the World Cup bids, ahead of the November 15 decision.
World Rugby has this evening released a statement, with chairman Bill Beaumont stating that after addressing the submitted queries, the 'window for dialogue is now closed'.
Here is the full statement:
"World Rugby can confirm that it has addressed in full, clarification requests by the Rugby World Cup 2023 host candidates and Council members.
"The ability to submit clarification requests following the publication of the recommendation and comprehensive report on 31 October was agreed and permitted within the host selection process operated by World Rugby.
"These clarifications have been addressed with significant supporting detail, and have been shared with the host candidates and World Rugby Council.
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"The comprehensive and objective responses reflect the transparent principles at the heart of the independently audited process. They do not impact on the detail or outcomes of the evaluation report nor on the subsequent recommendation.
"World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Following the publication of the Rugby World Cup 2023 recommendation and evaluation report, I would like to thank the host candidates for their feedback. In order for Council to have appropriate time to consider all the materials, the window for dialogue is now closed. We now look forward to Council making its decision in London on 15 November.”