South Africa, home of the Proteas, would like to host a Rugby World Cup in 2023. Is it just us, or does that seem like a long time into the future?
France and Ireland also made bids for 2023, but South Africa has the nod of World Rugby, who announced that they had South Africa as a unanimous pick.
In a report recently released, a spokesperson for World Rugby said, “The optimal candidate to host Rugby World Cup 2023 is South Africa. It is the recommendation of the RWCL Board of Directors to World Rugby Council that South Africa should be awarded the right to host Rugby World Cup 2023.”
South Africa last hosted in 1995, so after nearly three decades, they are due.
South Africa Rugby CEO Jurie Roux is jazzed over the possibility, pledging that SA would deliver a “triple win.”
“We told the World Rugby Council that we would deliver a triple win tournament when we presented to them last month – a win for the game with record receipts; a win for the fans with an unforgettable tournament in a bucket-list destination and, most importantly, a win for the players with the most athlete-centric event in the tournament’s history,” said Roux.
He stopped short of promising a quaddie, which would be all of the above plus a win by the Proteas.
The selection process has been redesigned in order to be more open and less cloak-and-dagger or the result of pats on the back and handshake agreements mad in a smoke-filled room.
The final vote by the World Rugby Council will be held in London on November 15, but the idea seems to have broad support in other areas, other than Ireland and France. All Black great Jeff Wilson, even though they ultimately lost to South Africa in the final in a dramatic extra-time affair where many members of the ABs suffered a mysterious stomach bug was quick to add his endorsement.
At that time, AB security guard Gard was not on the job, or he may have found some dubious bacteria in the ABs food supply. An intestinal, rather than an electronic bug.