SA Rugby hand in ‘ win­ning’ fi­nal bid t o host 2023 RWC

The Witness - - SPORT -

SA Rugby yes­ter­day de­liv­ered what it be­lieved was a win­ning bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup at World Rugby head­quar­ters in Dublin, Ir eland.

Jurie Roux, chief ex­ec­u­tive of SA Rugby, and Ah­langene Cyprian Sig­cau, the South African Am­bas­sador to Ire­land, handed in the 827page, 8,2 kg doc­u­ment, de­tail­ing South Africa’s com­pelling case to host the tour­na­ment.

“This is a mo­men­tous day for South African rugby and in N ovem­ber, when the de­ci­sion is made, we hope it will ig­nite the be­gin­ning of a sixyear jour­ney to a cli­matic con­clu­sion at the National Sta­dium in Johannesburg in front of 84 373 spec­ta­tors in the biggest and most spec­tac­u­lar Rugby World Cup fi­nal there has ever been,” said Roux.

“We belie ve w e ha ve sub­mit ted the strong­est t ech­ni­cal bid sup­port ed b y world­class venues and out­stand­ing train­ing fa­cil­i­ties in an ideal cli­mate against a stun­ning African b ack­drop.

“Play­ers will be able to per­form in the ideal con­di­tions of a dry and sunny South African spring, of­fer­ing an un­for­get­table play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for play­ers.

“We will max­imise the c om­mer­cial ben­e­fit for World Rugby with a low­cost, high­re­turn event in a coun­try that has the in­fras­truc­ture and ma­jor event ex­pe­ri­ence to turn on a c olos­sal event.”

Roux said that the om­bi­na­tionc of in­fras­truc­ture, en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate would al­low the sport to show­case the very best it has to of­fer, in­spir­ing South Africa, Africa and the w orld.

He said he be­lieved that the com­mer­cial model con­tained in the bid would be hard to beat w hile 2, 9 mil­lion mat ch tick ets would be a vail­able. U nlike other me gas­port­ing events, South Africa would profit serie s to Eng­land 21 but f ormer ICC U19 World Cup star Rabada’s haul of 439 in the fi­nal mat ch at Lor d’s on Mon­day helped him fin­ish the se­ries with seven wick­ets and bec ome the y oungest num­berone bowler since Pak­istan’s Saqlain Mush­taq in 1 998.

Rabada, jus t fi ve da ys p ast his 22nd birth­day, has dis­placed his com­pa­triot Im­ran Tahir, whom he leads b y two points.

With cap­tain AB de Vil­liers topranked among bats­men, South Africa no w have the top two bowlers as well as four play­ers in the top 10 of the player rank­ings for ODI bats­men — Quin­ton de Kock (fourth), Faf du Plessis (sixth) and Hashim Amla (10th) be­ing the other s.

The top three bats­men — De V il­liers, David Warner and Vi­rat Kohli — are sep­a­rated by just 22 points while only 23 points sep­a­rate the top three bowlers — Rabada, Tahir and Mit chell Starc.

South Africa, In­dia and Eng­land ha ve four bats­men each inside the top 20, with New Zealand (three), Aus­tralia and Pak­istan (two each) also ha ving sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence.

South Africa, Aus­tralia, In­dia and New Zealand have all won this pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment in the past, while last time’s fi­nal­ists Eng­land will be hop­ing to do one bet­ter in home con­di­tions and with the con­fi­dence of the se­ries win over South Africa.

The tour­na­ment, also known as a mini World C up, runs fr om t omor­row un­til June 18, and gi ves Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pak­istan an op­por­tu­nit y to con­sol­i­date their po­si­tions in the ODI etam rank­ings as Eng­land and the seven other topranked side s g ain dir ect qual­i­fi­ca­tion berths t o the ICC C ricket W orld C up 2019. — R eu­ters. from host­ing the t our­na­ment.

He ex­plained: “We pre­dict that host­ing Rugby W orld C up 20 23 w ould ha ve a R27,3 bil­lion di­rect, in­di­rect and in­duced eco­nomic im­pact on South Africa; R5,7 bil­lion w ould flo w t o lo win­come house­holds; 38 6 00 tem­po­rary or per­ma­nent jobs would be sus­tained and there’d be an es­ti­mated R1,4 bil­lion tax ben­e­fit to govern­ment.

“South Africa’s track record of host­ing premier global sport­ing events is un­par­al­leled and, along with Eng­land, we are one of only two coun­tries to have suc­cess­fully hosted the Fifa World Cup, Rugby World Cup and C ricket World Cup.”

Ire­land and France are also bid­ding to host the 20 23 Rugby World Cup.

World Rugby is set to an­nounce the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant on N ovem­ber 15.

— Su­perS­port.

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