South Africa ready to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, says delegation

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South Africa ready to host 2023 Rugby World Cup, says delegation

South Africa was ready, willing and eager to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, a delegation representative of rugby, sport and government confirmed at the conclusion of a two-day briefing session held in London by World Rugby.

South Africa was one of five nations – the others being Italy, France, USA and Ireland – who attended the session with a view to bid for rugby’s global showcase.

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) delegation included sports minister, Mr Fikile Mbalula, and Mr Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as well as Union officials.

“It was an extremely useful session and has redoubled our determination to bring the tournament back to South Africa for the first time since 1995,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU.

“The fact that our delegation included South Africa’s sports minister and the leader of all our sports federations shows how serious we are about compiling a Bid that will be irresistible to World Rugby.

“We know there will be stiff competition, having bid for the past three tournaments to be awarded, but we also know we have a compelling offering for the world game and its followers: a tournament set against a backdrop of a stunning landscapes in magnificent stadiums against a passionate and knowledgeable audience. We believe there is no other ‘tour’ like a South African rugby tour and we want the world to experience it once more.”

Minister Mbalula told World Rugby that he wanted to underline the very important but simple message that South Africa was ready and eager to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

“Rest assured that the South African Bid will not only tick all the technical boxes but it will also be backed by an inter-ministerial task team that will have the capacity an power to meet every need of the tournament,” he said.

“In 2023 it will be 28 years since South Africa and rugby created an iconic tournament that had the world in thrall. We are a changed nation, but let me assure you that South Africa still has the capacity to produce a financially successful tournament in locations that resonate on a global stage and with the added potential to grow rugby’s footprint on the African continent.”

World Rugby Chief Executive and Rugby World Cup Limited Managing Director Brett Gosper said: "Rugby World Cup is one of the world’s biggest and best-loved sporting events and a major player in the global sporting marketplace. England 2015 is set to be a very special and record-breaking Rugby World Cup and will be the biggest and probably the best to date."

Rugby World Cup Tournament Director Alan Gilpin added: "We are delighted with the strong level of serious interest from unions and governments in Rugby World Cup 2023 at this very early stage, which highlights the enormous hosting appeal of Rugby World Cup as a low-risk, high-return economic, social and sporting driver and we welcome further dialogue as the process progresses."

Unions have to confirm their intention to bid by June 15, 2015, with the formal tender window to open in May 2016. The host of the 2023 will be named a year later in May 2017.

Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs
 

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South Africa was one of five nations – the others being Italy, France, USA and Ireland – who attended the session with a view to bid for rugby’s global showcase.
Five, no, four rugby playing nations :)
 

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Five, no, four rugby playing nations :)
Something tells me though that the US would be a strong contender given the push to grow the sport there. Although I would think they would maybe only get the next one as another lesser nation (Japan) has it in 2019.
 

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Please let us NOT get it. I can't stand vuvuzelas and the stupid generic hype of advertising etc.
 

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USA would be a good choice and I bet the stadiums will sell out. All those tourists and it's a quick growing sport there
 

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We want the Olympics, Commonwealth games and now the Rugby world cup. South Africa is always ready..
 

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USA would be a good choice and I bet the stadiums will sell out. All those tourists and it's a quick growing sport there
But it will have zero atmosphere like when they hosted the 94 fifa wc.

There will be idiots drawing on the screen the whole time, continues stats & numbers being diisplayed while focussed on a static item, fake back & forth banter and very litle game :D
 
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Terrific, would love to sit and watch a world cup match on home soil. But really hope they ban them Vuvazela's...
 

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Don't care but if usa gets it I hope they are day-games. Argentina is probably better suited to host this despite flourishing in colleges as alternative to a. football. France was best attended according to Wikipedia, so any European host will be a cashcow for sure.
 

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But it will have zero atmosphere like when they hosted the 94 fifa wc.

There will be idiots drawing on the screen the whole time, continues stats & numbers being diisplayed while focussed on a static item, fake back & forth banter and very litle game :D
True.....damn those yanks
 

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Nah the yanks will do evening games to pull in more people, hard to get time off work there.
they'll probably have to dole out tickets to college folk to fill up stadia anyway like they do with 7s, and they prefer not running those too late for safety concerns.
 

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they should have just said this was for all the tickets they had to give away to fill the stadiums after no-one wanted to travel to SA!
That would have been the truth, which, as you know, is against government policy.
 
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