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South Africa Loses Bid to Host Rugby World Cup to France

France got 24 votes, while South Africa got 15.

France will be hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup. France was chosen over South Africa and Ireland. The latter had been eliminated in the first round of voting, leaving France and SA against each other.


France got 24 votes, while South Africa got 15, at a World Rugby Council meeting in London on Wednesday.

Both countries have hosted the tournament before–South Africa in 1995, and France in 2007. France also staged some matches in 1991 and 1999.


South Africa was expected to win the bid after an independent review last month recommended the country staged the tournament.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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