South Africa Rugby has delivered what it believes to be a winning bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. According to a news report by insidethegames.biz, Jurie Roux, chief executive of SA Rugby, handed in the 827-page, 8.2-kilograms document at World Rugby headquarters in Ireland’s capital Dublin.
He was joined by SA Rugby Bid Committee member Bruce Beckett 0at the headquarters, where World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper and Rugby World Cup head Alan Gilpin welcomed the pair.
Ireland and France are also bidding to host the 2023 World Cup. 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.
“But our bid is far from being just about what it means to rugby in South Africa; it is all about what South Africa can do for world rugby.
“We believe we have submitted the strongest technical bid supported by world-class venues and outstanding training facilities in an ideal climate against a stunning African backdrop.
“Players will be able to perform in the ideal conditions of a dry and sunny South African spring, offering an unforgettable playing experience for players.
“We will maximise the commercial benefit for World Rugby with a low-cost, high-return event in a country that has the infrastructure and major event experience to turn on a colossal event.
“And fans and the rugby family will have the best experience of their lives, following rugby played in perfect conditions in one of the world’s leading tourist destinations where you can swim with great white sharks at breakfast, have lunch on a wine farm and dine under the stars at night at a bush camp – and all on the same day.”
Roux said that the combination of infrastructure, environment and climate would allow the sport to showcase the very best it has to offer, inspiring South Africa, Africa and the world.
He added that he believed that the commercial model contained in the bid would be hard to beat, while 2.9 million match tickets would be available.
South Africa staged the World Cup in 1995, with the tournament viewed as one of the most successful in the event’s history.
It was won by the host country and provided one of the most iconic pictures in sport when then South African President Nelson Mandela, wearing the team’s jersey, presented the trophy to captain Francois Pienaar.
Unlike other mega-sporting events, it is claimed South Africa would profit from hosting the tournament. “The building blocks are already in place,” Roux said.