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