Ireland, France or South Africa will win the bid to host the event in 2023.
On Monday, 31 October, the Rugby World Cup board recommended South Africa as the preferred hosts for the 2023 Rugby World Cup; however, the decision must be ratified via a World Rugby council ballot in London on Wednesday, 15 November.
"I would like to pay tribute to Ireland and South Africa for their dedication throughout a rigorous, and transparent process and hope that they will bid again".
It was between Ireland, France and South Africa.
South Africa hosted the iconic 1995 edition - which saw the first black president of the country, Nelson Mandela, adorned in a Springbok jersey, then seen as one of the pillars of white apartheid rule - handing the trophy to white South Africa captain Francois Pienaar.
Ultimately, the rugby world is reeling and IRFU's Chief Executive Phillip Browne outlined his disappointment to Matt Cooper on Today FM with the Scots and Welsh some of the focus of that disappointment.
"It was not the process which was not fair, but there were some aspects we did not find fair".
"We thank World Rugby for replying to our letter".
The exodus of South African players in search of better opportunities overseas continues apace, the financial state of the game there remains parlous and the once-mighty Boks suffered the worst in a succession of humbling defeats in August, 57-0 to the All Blacks.
"You would have thought [that they would support us] but the Scots went for the money and effectively said to us that they would vote for the bid that produces the most monies".
"We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed today".
"It will be for the next generation of SA Rugby leaders to decide whether to compete for the 2027 tournament or beyond", he said.
"We produced a compelling bid document that earned the unanimous recommendation of the Rugby World Cup board".
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