• World Rugby changes procedures for host selection
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World Rugby is shaking up the way it decides the hosts for the men’s and women’s World Cups and will no longer make a recommendation to council members to decide their vote on risk-based evaluations drawn up with the help of independent experts.

France were awarded the 2023 World Cup despite World Rugby’s board recommending South Africa should host the tournament, a setback that prompted a review into the process. Secrecy will also end because there will be an open electronic vote and the results will be published, a move designed to discourage promises made in return for votes.

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Source: Rugby – The Guardian