South Africa‚ who hosted and won the 1995 World Cup‚ had been recommended by World Rugby's Board but the Council members voted for France.
From the above criteria, South Africa ranked highest with 78.97%, France second with 75.88% and Ireland third with 72.25%, however members of the World Rugby Council opted to select France.
The vote is done via a secret ballot.
You wouldn't have to look too far to see the fallout from today's vote which saw France confirmed as 2023 World Cup hosts.
"But obviously I am delighted for France, they have run a World Cup before and we are really excited for the tournament".
"We can not hide our desolation but, for the sake of rugby we wish the 2023 tournament hosts every success".
"We are, of course, disappointed that we have not been afforded the opportunity this time around to prove what excellent hosts we would be, but I know we can take consolation in the fact that we did everything possible, including putting legislation through the Dail, to make sure that our bid was more than capable of succeeding".
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"I am delighted for France".
Following today's vote, France will be hosting rugby's showcase men's event for the second time and hosting the 10th edition of the event 200 years after William Webb Ellis gave birth to the sport.
David Sterling, Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service: "I too would like to congratulate France and wish them well for a successful tournament 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". "When the Fifa World Cup was held there in 2010, we had a more than 20 percent uptake in players".
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"For nearly six years we have focused passionately on bringing a Rugby World Cup to Ireland in 2023".
Browne, who has been in his post since 1998 and been responsible for successfully guiding Irish rugby from the amateur era to the professional world, believes though the prize is still up for grabs.