‘Take moral high ground’ – Roux tells France and Ireland

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South African Rugby CEO Jurie Roux hopes the Irish and French unions "take the moral high ground" and let the RWC process run its course.

Roux was speaking after World Rugby had announced that South Africa were officially recommended as hosts for 2023's Rugby World Cup. However, the final decision lies with the World Rugby Council on November 15.

South Africa are now heavy favourites to be hosts, but Ireland and France still have a chance as the members go to a ballot to decide.

Irish Rugby have said that they will not give up hope and will make even more of an effort to secure the hosting rights in the remaining two weeks, with Roux subsequently responding to this.

“Hopefully Ireland and France, like us, will stick to the moral high ground," he told sport24.

“You can’t add any more information, you can’t present to anybody, you can’t do any more presentations … all you can do is ask for the process to take its normal course and hopefully not be part of anything untoward.

“What we will do is keep on feeding information on our bid and the fact that we’re grateful that we’re over the first hurdle.

“Other than that, we honestly can’t do anything other than walk into the council meeting (on November 15) and hope that everybody has made the right decision.”