In a surprise move, France has been announced as the host of the Rugby World Cup in 2023, following an announcement by World Rugby in London.
South Africa was named as the preferred host nation by World Rugby's independent review, but that only sparked spiky reactions over that process from Ireland and France.
France held the Rugby World Cup in 2007.
The team behind Ireland's bid to host the tournament had vowed to "compete to the final minute" after their efforts were dealt a blow.
"However, in the feedback sessions I am sure we will be recommending to the World Rugby Council that the verdict of the evaluation committee become binding".
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Browne admits he has to choose his words carefully so he doesn't get a rap on the knuckles from World Rugby while also serving the Irish government who having invested both a lot of political capital and money in the bid will want answers.
"It was a bid for all of French rugby".
"We did dispute some aspects but I'm not saying that's why we won", he said. In that time we developed a world class proposition which reflected positively on Ireland and saw us formally acknowledged as a destination well capable of hosting a superb Rugby World Cup. The remaining Six Nations and SANZAR countries had three votes each with the rest made up from the six regional associations and smaller rugby countries.
Krige, who captained his country in 18 Tests, questioned why the World Rugby would go do and go against an independent audit.
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"We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed today".
Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, said he was "desolated" and fumed about breaches of protocol by other bidders.
"We produced a compelling bid document that earned the unanimous recommendation of the Rugby World Cup board".
"We can not hide our desolation but, for the sake of rugby we wish the 2023 tournament hosts every success".
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