South Africa in pole position for 2023 hosting


(FILES) This file photo taken on June 17, 2017 shows South Africa Jean-Luc du Preez (L) holding ...
(FILES) This file photo taken on June 17, 2017 shows South Africa Jean-Luc du Preez (L) holding the ball during the International test match between South Africa and France at the Kingspark rugby stadium in Durban. The Du Preez family will be divided on October 28, 2017 when title favourites Sharks host Western Province in the South African Currie Cup final. / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKY

South Africa took a huge step towards hosting their second Rugby World Cup on Tuesday when the Rugby World Cup Board recommended unanimously they should welcome the 2023 edition.

South Africa – who hosted the 1995 tournament – will learn whether the World Rugby Council accept the recommendation on November 15 when they vote, with Ireland and France the other two options.

Bill Beaumont, Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman and head of the sport’s governing body World Rugby, said South Africa had emerged as clearly ahead in all seven key criteria such as stadia and financial assurances.

“The comprehensive and independently scrutinised evaluation reaffirmed that we have three exceptional bids,” said Beaumont in a statement.

“But it also identified South Africa as a clear leader based on performance against the key criteria, which is supported by the Board in the recommendation.”

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 9, 2017 shows South Africa's Warren Whiteley attending a training session at St David's Marist School at Loftus rugby stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, on the eve of a Test rugby union match between France and South Africa.  South Africa skipper and forward Warren Whiteley could play for his Japanese club during December, a doctor treating a long-term groin injury said on October 25, 2017. The 30-year-old number eight was hurt during a Test against France last June and has not played since. / AFP PHOTO
(FILES) This file photo taken on June 9, 2017 shows South Africa skipper and forward Warren Whiteley could play for his Japanese club during December, a doctor treating a long-term groin injury said on October 25, 2017. The 30-year-old number eight was hurt during a Test against France last June and has not played since. / AFP PHOTO

South Africa – whose bid had looked weakened by Durban’s withdrawing as hosts of the 2022 Commonwealth Games and abandoning recently plans for a Twenty20 tournament – understandably reacted with delight but noted that they still needed to have it rubber-stamped by gaining a majority of the 39 votes on offer in November.

“This nomination is confirmation of that belief and reward for an outstanding bid in which no detail was too small to be addressed or any question not comprehensively answered,” said South Africa Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux.

“We are 100 percent confident that the commitments we made in our document will be delivered. We will make all of world rugby proud of South Africa 2023.”

 

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