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France will Jersey put on a good show

in Welcome to the Forum ! Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:11 am
by lucyweiweiwei • 44 Posts

France will Jersey put on a good show but the vote
It is Jonathan Stewart Jersey worth keeping in mind on these occasions that rugby union usually strikes gold with its World Cup hosting decisions. Australia proved a runaway success in 2003 despite New Zealand’s de-selection as co-host, France staged a grand tournament four years later, an entire nation Jonathan Stewart Jersey of rugby-mad Kiwis rose to the logistical challenge in 2011 and the record sums generated by England 2015 were matched only by the intense interest levels.

Japan will be next up in two years’ time, offering Asia a deserved slice of the action. And now, in 2023, it will be France once again. Plus ça change. The verdict http://www.authenticislanderstore.com/-30-jeanfrancois-berube-jersey_c-482.html will not go down well in South Africa or Ireland – and that is a major understatement. No one doubts France will put on a good show but at what cost to rugby’s reputation for transparency and integrity? The lure of more dosh, not for the first time, appears to have trumped all else.

It is a deeply uncomfortable outcome, too, for World Rugby’s high command, whose formal recommendation of South Africa has failed to be ratified by its own council. Over the past 48 hours in particular some of the lobbying behind the scenes has put even the Eurovision Song Contest’s partial voting patterns in the shade. The RFU, in particular, was torn between its two European allies, ultimately opting to vote for Ireland in round one and France thereafter. Clever. In the Jonathan Stewart Womens Jersey final analysis – with Ireland attracting only eight of the 39 available votes initially – the two-horse race ended with France romping away by 24 to South Africa’s 15.
Somebody had to lose – and http://www.officialravensproshoponline.com/Maxx-Williams-Jersey all three bids had their merits – but what on earth was the point of the whole in-depth independent technical assessment if voters were ultimately too blinded by self interest to worry about the nitty-gritty? And where does that leave South African sporting morale, with both the 2022 Commonwealth Games and http://www.vancouvercanucksofficialonline.com/Adidas-Daniel-Sedin-Jersey a Rugby World Cup now having Jonathan Stewart Jersey been offered only to be snatched away? As Bill Beaumont, World Rugby’s chairman, put it: “It’s like a game of rugby. You have to dust yourself down, shake hands and get on with it.”
As previously stated in these pages, the emotional favourite would have been Ireland. It is hardly sour grapes to suggest it would have thrown a RWC party so riotously entertaining it would have blown the doors off almost every other sporting event ever held. Even the most teetotal of supporters ordering a lemonade in a remote County Kerry pub would have been instantly welcomed into the bosom of the rugby family. Will Ireland ever see a World Cup now?
Instead, hard-headed commercial logic has prevailed, even though Paris will host the Olympics in 2024. As is being experienced with Japan 2019, the knock-on effect for rugby in terms of advertising and sponsorship is not insignificant. There was also an element of playing safe politically. The main question mark over the South Africa bid had nothing to do with its splendid rugby grounds or the playing strength or otherwise of the host nation, but the wider outlook between now and 2023. Maybe it would all have been fine http://www.jetsnflofficialshop.com/Authentic-Myles-White-Jersey and dandy but, unlike in 1995, there is no unifying Nelson Mandela figure binding the Rainbow Nation together.

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