Just a few weeks to go before World Rugby votes on the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, but South Africa’s bid’s strength is that the country is already equipped to host the tournament.
South Africa’s bid team told World Rugby recently in London that the country was ready to deliver a Rugby World Cup tomorrow because of the existing infrastructure, the host cities, the government support, and because of the people’s love for rugby in this country.
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in addressing World Rugby’s Council, reaffirmed the government’s absolute commitment to making the tournament a spectacular success. He emphasised the government’s commitment was borne out in a financial tournament guarantee of £160 million, that was £40 million in excess of the required £120 million.
‘The people and government of South Africa are wholeheartedly behind SA Rugby’s bid. We have proven we can deliver.’
Sports Minister, Thulas Nxesi, said: ‘South Africa’s bid is simple. We promise a tournament that delivers on every single bid requirement.
‘We don’t need to build new stadia or upgrade old ones; we don’t need to find hotel rooms and you don’t need to worry about the guarantees. We don’t need to pass new legislation. Every last detail of the required specification is already in place.’