South Africa Recommended To Host Tournament

Ruben Hill
November 1, 2017

This follows Tuesday's announcement from the board of Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) that South Africa received the initial recommendation to host the tournament, based on the results of the scoring system employed.

"This was a rigorous and objective process which we have supported from day one and we thank World Rugby for instituting a process that took lobbying out of the equation and identified which host would deliver the best tournament", Roux said. But even though everything has been done to ensure that voting is transparent, South Africa still needs at least 20 of the 39 World Rugby Council votes to ratify the recommendation.

Ireland had been the bookmakers' favourites having never been the main host before while France were the outsiders having staged the tournament in 2007.

Cape Town - Past and present All Blacks are in favour of South Africa hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

South Africa and France are Ireland's two rivals and, although the race could be narrowed down to two, it may be so close that no clear victor emerges today.

However, Dick Spring, chairman of Ireland's 2023 bid oversight board, said the country still has confidence the council members will "place their trust in Ireland" come the vote.

The minister Nxesi said his government would be working closely with South African Rugby to communicate the message around this tournament and to "build the kind of energy and enthusiasm that we saw in the build up to the FIFA World Cup in 2010". "It is clear that the evaluation commission is impressed by the quality and detail of the bid put forward on behalf of Ireland".

South African Rugby CEO Jurie Roux pledged that South Africa would deliver a "triple win" Rugby World Cup in 2023.

"Our team will compete to the final whistle as we bid to turn our historic bid plans into reality".

"We also said that the bid was a "triple win" for the players, for World Rugby, the fans and, indeed, for our country".

The issue here is why World Rugby would employ an independent technical review group to forensically examine all three bids and then go against the findings.

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