South Africa have completed their presentation in London to the World Rugby Council to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Supported by John Smit and Francois Pienaar, the bid team was led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby commented that it is a “triple-win” bid which will be great for rugby, the spectators and the players. The bid also boasts that a South African Rugby World Cup Final that would be the largest ever, to be held in Johannesburg at the 87,436 capacity National Stadium.
John Smit supported the bid by saying:
“It has the potential to make a difference to the people. We saw its ability to transform a nation in 1995.”
A big part of the South African bid was clearly hinged on their youth as a democratic country and how a 2023 tournament could bring about further positive change.
The panel also highlighted how the players taking part would be able to stay in the same hotel rooms for the entirety of the pool stages, a claim that it would be a Rugby World Cup requiring minimal upheaval in terms of travel.
“We will be inheriting what Nelson Mandela really wanted us to see in terms of what sport can do.”
Nick Heath, Pundit Arena
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