Rugby World Cup host to be re­vealed

The New Age (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­newage.co.za

SOUTH Africa will be wait­ing with bated breath to­day at 2.30pm when World Rugby an­nounces the host na­tion of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The Rugby World Cup Lim­ited (RWCL) board two weeks ago unan­i­mously rec­om­mended to the World Rugby Coun­cil that South Africa is their pre­ferred host for the 10th host­ing of the tour­na­ment.

Many de­tails in the coun­try’s bid proved to be the win­ner against bids from France and Ire­land.

What looked to have swayed the de­ci­sion in South Africa’s favour in terms of the tech­ni­cal re­view group’s ex­pert anal­y­sis were guar­an­tees on the venues and host cities, tour­na­ment in­fra­struc­ture as well as the tourna- ment or­gan­i­sa­tion and sched­ule.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, Sports and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Thu­las Nx­esi, Saru CEO Jurie Roux and pres­i­dent Mark Alexander are all in London for the an­nounce­ment.

If South Africa does win the right to host the World Cup, they will be­come the third na­tion af­ter New Zealand and Aus­tralia to host the tour­na­ment for a sec­ond time.

The first time the Rugby World Cup came to South Africa was in 1995, with the Spring­boks beat­ing New Zealand in the fi­nal to clinch the Webb El­lis tro­phy for the first time.

Cyril Ramaphosa

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