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South Africa Out Of Running To Host 2023 Rugby World Cup

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Jesse Kriel of South Africa holds his head in his hands in dejection as the rain falls during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

And then there were three. Ireland, Italy and Argentina appear to be the only three counties left in contention to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, after the South Africa Rugby Union have been blocked from hosting international tournaments by their government.

The SARU has failed to meet quotas for “transformation targets” which aim at ensuring that the 86% black majority of the population is reflected in teams.

The SARU will have a chance to have this decision turned around should they meet the requirements in the meantime.

With the 2019 World Cup going to Japan, it is likely that the selection committee will be eager to see the tournament return to a traditional rugby stronghold, and in that regard, Italy may be viewed as a risk.

This comes as a major boost to the other nations involved, with Ireland now appearing to emerge as favourites to get the nod.


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Author: The PA Team

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