France makes Rugby World Cup hosting bid
Drawing on the experiences of the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the recent success of the UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2017 Handball World Championship, on Feburary 9 2017 France officially launched its proposal to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
The vote will be held on November 15 2017 in Dublin in the headquarters of the International Rugby Federation, World Rugby.
For now, the Republic of Ireland and the Republic of South Africa have officially announced their interest in succeeding Japan, which will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019. France, as the most visited country in the world (85 million tourists annually on average) is a major rugby-playing country with about 450,000 registered rugby club members.