A war of words will come to a close on Wednesday afternoon when the host nation is announced for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, with South African officials having stood their ground against a barrage of criticism levelled by their opposition.
World Rugby are set to announce the successful nation to host Rugby World Cup event in 2023..
"In 2023 it will be a diverse rugby team and prove to the world what Nelson Mandela said, that rugby is a great unifier". That invention involved William Web Ellis catching a ball during a game of football and running with it.
In the first round of voting, France recorded 18 votes, two short of the 20 majority required, with South Africa recording 13 and Ireland 8.
England hosted the most recent tournament, in 2015, when New Zealand won a second successive title after victory on home soil in 2011.
They said the bid had been assessed "unreasonably".
"I would urge all South Africans to wear their Springbok jerseys or something green and gold this Wednesday - to show their eagerness and excitement to welcome the Rugby World Cup back to South Africa".
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Philip Browne, chief executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union, had written to World Rugby chief Brett Gosper, requesting that all council members receive assurance that they would be allowed to vote for any of the three candidates.
"It would now be very hard for any federation to go against this independent outcome because it would laugh in the face of transparency and process".
And Beaumont could yet play a role in the vote, if it's tied, as the tiebreaker.
The three bidding countries did not vote on Wednesday.
Were the votes cast in public?
"While the scores are relatively close there was a clear margin".
How many votes do we need?