THE Rugby World Cup is breaking new ground as Japan becomes the ninth country to host the event.
But who will be hosting it in 2023, and will it be a bit closer to home?
Where is the 2023 Rugby World Cup?
The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be hosted by France alone for the first time.
The country was principal World Cup host in 2007, subsidiary host in 1999 and co-host in 1991, but never before has it been sole host.
France beat off a bid from South Africa, which was looking to host it for the first time since 1995, by 24 votes to 15 in the final round.
Ireland, who were looking to host a Rugby World Cup for the first time, were knocked out in the first round of voting.
Italy was bidding to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup but withdrew in 2016 from bids for both that competition and the Olympics.