Black humour was the only refuge for South African rugby officials on Wednesday after they lost out in the vote to stage the 2023 World Cup, a global event the nation had been convinced was in the bag.
South Africa vice-president Cyril Ramaphosa, one of the architects of the relatively peaceful transition from apartheid, said a 2023 World Cup in the country would serve as affirmation of much of what the late Mandela stood for.
With Ireland dropping out, France beat South Africa by 24 votes to 15 in the second round.
"We did dispute some aspects but I'm not saying that's why we won", he said.
'Everyone has right to level allegations', says Hardik Patel on second video
Hardik Patel's PAAS is expected to ally with Congress against the BJP in the upcoming Gujarat polls. Hardik Patel a week ago warned that the BJP would employ a "sex CD" to discredit him.
Japan will host the next World Cup in 2019.
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. "17,000 jobs will be created and I'm very proud of that".
The French bid guaranteed World Rugby 150 million pounds - 30 million more than the minimum requested and considerably more than both rivals - and offered a further 100 million from the advance purchase of hospitality, travel and sponsorship programmes.
The decision comes despite World Rugby's recommendation of South Africa last month, which followed the presentation of a detailed evaluation report on the three bidders, with the country coming out on top in three of the five criteria assessed.
Aircraft Carrier Groups Take Part in Joint US- S. Korean Maritime Drills
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force held a joint exercise with the US strike groups on November 12. Scott Swift, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement.
Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, stated the South Africa had accepted the result despite the disappointment.
"We produced a compelling bid that earned the unanimous recommendation of the Board".
A World Rugby Council meeting was held in London on Wednesday and France was chosen to host the 10th event.
The exodus of South African players in search of better opportunities overseas continues apace, the financial state of the game there remains parlous and the once-mighty Boks suffered the worst in a succession of humbling defeats in August, 57-0 to the All Blacks.
United Kingdom minister offers parliament new vote on any Brexit deal
Her Brexit minister, David Davis, tried to head off some of that rebellion by offering the Commons a vote on the final Brexit deal.
"However, the view of the experts and World Rugby's leadership was overturned by World Rugby Council members, who may have had other factors to take into account. We could run a tournament perfectly well and produce significant revenues for rugby".