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Will South Africa host the Rugby World Cup?

FLYING HIGH: South African players celebrate a recent win in Twickenham

SOUTH AFRICA have their sights set firmly on winning the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Jurie Roux, Chief Executive of SA Rugby, handed in the 827-page document at World Rugby headquarters in Ireland’s capital Dublin last week.


He was joined by SA Rugby bid committee member Bruce Beckett at the headquarters, where World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper and Rugby World Cup head Alan Gilpin welcomed the pair.

The winning bid is set to be named on November 15.

“This is a momentous day for South African rugby and in November, when the decision is made, we hope it will ignite the beginning of a six-year journey to a climatic conclusion at the National Stadium in Johannesburg in front of 84,373 spectators in the biggest and most spectacular Rugby World Cup final there has ever been,” Roux said.


“South Africa has the hunger and capacity to host this tournament like no other country on earth.

“We bid for the 2011, 2015 and 2019 tournaments and here we are again for 2023, proving that for our sport and country this is not just a desire, it is an obsession.”

Ireland and France are also bidding to host the 2023 World Cup.

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