France has triumphed over South Africa and Ireland for the right to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Hosts and winners in 1995, South Africa were the favourites going into the vote of the World Rugby Council in London on Wednesday afternoon after the country was named preferred hosts by the technical committee.

However, the French won the first round of votes with 18 votes to South Africa’s 13, while Ireland was knocked out after receiving eight votes. In the second round of votes, France beat South Africa by 24 votes to 15.