South Africans urged to don green and gold in sup­port of Rugby Cup bid

Saturday Star - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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