France will host Rugby World Cup 2023 after the announcement was made by World Rugby on Wednesday in London.
Members of the World Council vote in secret although they generally announce afterwards which nation they voted for. It insists, however, that the necessary due diligence was carried out.
Ireland's bid was then dealt a significant blow last month when an independent bid evaluation report rated the South African bid as the best on offer to World Rugby.
The Rugby World Cup board recommended South Africa as the preferred hosts for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
South Africa has only ever hosted the tournament once, in 1995, where we beat New Zealand 15-12 in a scintillating final that many will still remember as an event that supported social cohesion at a hard time in our history.
Both Ireland and France went on an offensive following the report.
The member unions' vote to decide which of South Africa, France or Ireland will be awarded the tournament takes place in London this week (15 November).
In response to the technical review group recommendation, IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne outlined grave concerns the IRFU had about the process behind the recommendation.
"The answer is it [the outcome] is finely balanced amongst the three bids".
"There are six points where we have been placed behind South Africa, two of which are not possible", Laporte told AFP.
The third key area relates to security with all three countries ranked the same, despite South Africa's high crime rate and the recent terrorist attacks in France.
World Rugby are set to announce the successful nation to host Rugby World Cup event in 2023..
South African Rugby CEO Jurie Roux has since warned the voting councillors about going against the recommendation.