Cain’s right, South Africa sport needs World Cup boost

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NICK Cain made a com­pelling case for South Africa host­ing the 2023 Rugby World Cup (“World Cup vote would save Boks from dis­as­ter,” Novem­ber 5).

Their game is strug­gling and the rugby com­mu­nity can do a great ser­vice for the game and hu­man­ity by vot­ing to stage the World Cup there.

As with their cricket team, the SA rugby side needs a lift – as does their sport at grass­roots level.

The de­clin­ing value of the rand has hurt the sport with stars seek­ing over­seas em­ploy­ment.

What is needed is an event that will at­tract the whole pop­u­la­tion to the oval ball game.

If South Africa are awarded the event, World Rugby should also show lead­er­ship by in­sist­ing that per­cent­ages (such as 15 or 20 per cent) of tick­ets are heav­ily dis­counted for the dis­ad­van­taged (ie cit­i­zens in black town­ships).

In other words, profit max­imi­sa­tion must not be the sole cri­te­rion and if Ire­land do not stage the 2023 World Cup, they should have pri­or­ity to host the World Cup in 2027.

The Ir­ish have given much to the world game and de­serve to stage the event in their own right not as a bolt on within an­other Bri­tish bid. DAVID RIMMER Herts

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