Hosts set to be announced today amid fierce battle
THE fog of war that has afflicted the race to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will lift today and is expected to reveal South Africa as outright victor to stage the quadrennial showpiece.
Two weeks ago the Rugby World Cup board released a report placing South Africa first across a range of criteria on which the candidates were assessed, ranging from stadiums to financial assurances France, second, and Ireland, third, came out swinging in response to the report and have been as combative as their players on the pitch, slamming the findings that placed SA in the driving seat.
Had they been on the field of play – where rugby players distinguish themselves from footballers for their polite acceptance of the referee’s decision – the Irish and French would have earned at least a sin-binning.
World Rugby replied with clarifications but it is now up to the 39 votes on its council to decide whether they accept the unanimous decision of the Rugby World Cup board to award South Africa the hosting rights for the second time.
SA hosted the iconic 1995 edition – which saw the first black president,