South Africa among four bids for 2023 World Cup

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Dublin (AFP)

Despite government opposition, South Africa feature among the four candidates to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, Rugby World announced on Friday.

South Africa -- who won the trophy when they previously hosted the global showpiece in 1995 -- will contest the race with Ireland, Italy and France.

France hosted the World Cup in 2007 -- South Africa winning the title for the second time -- whilst Ireland hosted games in the 1991 edition.

The four candidates will be assessed to see if they meet the criteria laid out by World Rugby and any who don't will learn their fate on November 1.

The winner will be named in November 2017.