The IRFU bid was eliminated after the first round of voting in London.
IRELANDâ€™S BID TO stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup has fallen short after World Rugby Council today voted France as the host nation.
The IRFU bid was last month rated as the weakest of the three bidding nations across a range of criteria and despite last-minute lobbying of the voting members, Ireland have missed out on hosting the tournament for the first time.
Ireland were eliminated after the first round of voting having received just eight votes.
By awarding the tournament to France, World Rugbyâ€™s Council has decided to unanimously reject the findings of the technical review group which recommended South Africa as the preferred candidate.