SA‘ready’to host World Cup

The Sunday Independent - - POLITICS -

“WE are ready,” said the KwaZulu-Na­tal gov­ern­ment and the City of Dur­ban ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023 bid com­mit­tee’s pre­sen­ta­tion in Lon­don to­mor­row.

The an­nounce­ment of the hosts will be made by World Rugby on Novem­ber 15.

South Africa last hosted the tour­na­ment in 1995, and beat the All Blacks to win the Webb El­lis Cup.

KwaZulu-Na­tal Premier Wil­lies Mchunu said: “By and large, host­ing the Rugby World Cup in 2023 would in­deed present end­less so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for this prov­ince. The Rugby World Cup would present the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment with the op­por­tu­nity to show­case the prov­ince’s nat­u­ral re­sources, a ta­pes­try of cul­tures, rich his­tory and her­itage.”

Phillip Sit­hole, head of Dur­ban Tourism, added: “We have hosted in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors be­fore and have proved that we are ca­pa­ble. If we win the bid, this would put Dur­ban on the in­ter­na­tional map once again.”

If South Africa’s bid is suc­cess­ful, the Rugby World

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