Fiji Time: 7:35 PM on Wednesday 21 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Archives » Article Index

France slams World Rugby

Reuters
Sunday, November 05, 2017

PARIS - French federation president Bernard Laporte has dismissed the evaluation report that recommended South Africa ahead of France and Ireland as host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup as "nonsense", full of blatant errors and a result of incompetence.

World Rugby's board on Tuesday recommended that South Africa host the event, placing France in second position and Ireland in third ahead of the decisive vote by the governing body's council on November 15.

"We wrote to (World Rugby chairman) Bill Beaumont to point out several blatant errors," Laporte told Reuters on Friday.

"I don't believe in bad faith. I rather think that it's incompetence."

A spokesman for World Rugby said the governing body was unable to comment on the matter.

South Africa received an overall score of 78.97 per cent in the report to 75.88 for France and 72.25 for Ireland on a selection of weighted criteria.

"How come we are less well marked than South Africa on hotels? They're saying there are not enough hotel rooms in St Etienne. They hosted Euro 2016 matches, there are 1500 rooms there. It's nonsense," the former Toulon and France coach said.

Laporte also said the evaluation was carried out mostly by World Rugby employees and "not by two auditing firms as it was supposed to be". "We are not happy about that," he said.

South Africa earned better marks than France on stadium plans. South Africa benefits from facilities from the 2010 soccer World Cup, but Laporte said France was also well-served, having staged the European soccer championship last year.

The South African, French and Irish federations will not take part in the vote.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63170.6127
JPY 54.204251.2042
GBP 0.35800.3500
EUR 0.40540.3934
NZD 0.68860.6556
AUD 0.63870.6137
USD 0.50450.4875

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 20th, February, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Tears flow for eleven
  2. 'Fake profiles can't vote'
  3. Raj responds to criticism
  4. Nacamaki villagers resist relocation
  5. 862 dengue cases
  6. Winston memorial service
  7. Students chosen to lead
  8. Leaders pay tribute to victims
  9. Ratu Sela laid to rest
  10. Young minds share ideas at forum

Top Stories this Week

  1. Long wait Monday (19 Feb)
  2. Plans to open caves for public viewing Monday (19 Feb)
  3. None like Gita Friday (16 Feb)
  4. Della S(h)aw love Thursday (15 Feb)
  5. Villagers cry foul Thursday (15 Feb)
  6. Masirewa scores biggest try Monday (19 Feb)
  7. Adi Meretui joins SODELPA camp Monday (19 Feb)
  8. Bitcoin rises above $20,175 Saturday (17 Feb)
  9. Sau's 7s aim Monday (19 Feb)
  10. Indian engineers to assess Fiji's railway network Monday (19 Feb)