South Africans urged to don green and gold in support of Rugby Cup bid
SOUTH Africans are being urged to wear green and gold on Wednesday to back South Africa’s bid to host the 2023 World Rugby Cup.
World Rugby announced a week ago that South Africa had produced a “superb bid” and was the “clear leader” on a competitive tendering process to host the tournament, but they continue to face bitter competition from Ireland and France in the final days before the announcement.
“We are within touching distance of realising a longheld dream to host the Rugby World Cup once again,” said Minister of Sport and Recreation Thulas Nxesi.
“But we cannot falter just short of the finishing line and we need to send a clear message to the World Rugby Council that South Africa is ready and excited to host the most memorable Rugby World Cup tournament there has ever been.
“That is why we are calling on all South Africans to unite behind this wonderful, nation-building event that will also bring significant economic, emotional and inspirational benefits to our country.”
Nxesi urged South Africans to wear their Springbok jerseys or something green and gold on Wednesday to show their support in the bid to bring the Rugby World Cup back to South Africa.
Springbok Andries Coetzee will be facing the Irish today in the Test match in Dublin.