Ireland had also entered a bid to stage the tournament.
South Africa had been recommended by World Rugby's Board but the Council members voted for France.
Still eager to host the spectacle, France and Ireland had both launched campaigns in an effort to rope in support, insisting there were concerns with the committee's findings, which listed South Africa as outright favourites.
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.
The final decision lies in the hands of the World Rugby Council who will vote on the recommendation in London on Wednesday.
After the report was published, Irish rugby officials complained to the world rugby authorities about the selection process.
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Randolph County is in the process of expanding its site by rezoning 370 acres to add to the 1,500 acres that comprise the site. There are two megasites in Chatham County, one in Edgecombe County and one on the Guilford-Randolph counties border.
French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte was less diplomatic.
The three candidate nations will not receive a vote.
World Rugby voted in London this morning and the decision was made to award the hosting of the World Cup to France.
The South African bid is expected to win after getting the highest marks in a technical review.
England hosted the most recent tournament, in 2015, when New Zealand won a second successive title after victory on home soil in 2011.
The chief executive of the IRFU, Phillip Browne, went as far as to write a letter to World Rugby outlining his grievances.