… and the voting isn’t quite as straightforward as you may imagine.
There are 39 votes available. The winning bid needs 20 votes. I assume that this will need a second ballot if the first round of votes are fairly evenly split between the three competing countries. Neither France, South Africa or Ireland can vote. Of those 39 votes, England, Wales and Scotland each have three votes. Ireland should lobby these three countries hard. Italy, Australia, NZ and Argentina also have three votes each. The remaining 18 votes are split between other countries and continental regions - some having two votes, others 1. If Ireland could survive the first ballot and France was to be eliminated, Ireland might then be able to target the votes that France are likely to get (Italy, Argentina, Georgia). New Zealand have never lost an International in Ireland - maybe that might sway them to choose Ireland!!!