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It’s time to host the RWC again

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content on 6 Mar 2015 at 10:05
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South Africa is considered as one of the frontrunners to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, after the South African Rugby Union (SARU) confirmed on Wednesday their interest to host the prestigious event. following the announcement of the tendering process by World Rugby.

“We definitely expect to be bidding to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup – as we have for the past three tournaments,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux.

“By the time the tournament comes round it will be 28 years since Nelson Mandela handed the trophy to Francois Pienaar and I believe that South Africa is hungry to once again host rugby’s greatest occasion.

“The 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup were magnificent occasions for our nation and for the respective sports and the prospect of being able to repeat those unforgettable occasions is very exciting.

Other countries who have showed interest include Ireland and France, who hosted the 2007 tournament.

Some new host countries includes, the United States, who will probably co-host with Canada, Argentina and Italy. Interestingly, Italy lost out to hosting the 2015 tournament to England by just three votes.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Rugby World Cup is one of the world’s most recognisable and popular major sports events. With a six-week global shop window, upwards of 500,000 international visitors, multiple sporting, social and tourism benefits, economic benefits of up to £2 billion (R36bn) and minimal infrastructure overlay, it is also an attractive event for potential hosts.”

Countries like Australia and New Zealand will not be considered as they were recent hosts of the tournament in 2003 and 2011 respetively

The 2023 Rugby World Cup host will be announced in May 2017.


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