If South Africa wins the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup it would be an “unbeatable triple-win”‚ the World Rugby Council was told in London on Monday when SA Rugby made their case to host the tournament.
A South African Rugby World Cup would be a win for the sport‚ a win for supporters and most importantly a win for the players‚ delegates were told in a 50-minute presentation led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and including the Minister of Sport and Recreation‚ Thulas Nxesi.
“South Africa ticks every single box of the financial‚ commercial and logistical requirements of the host‚ but we go way beyond the minimum requirements to set us apart as a candidate‚” said Jurie Roux‚ CEO of SA Rugby.
“We were asked to provide a minimum guarantee of £120m but with unqualified support from our government we are offering an extra £40m.
“We were asked to provide eight venues‚ the smallest of which must have a minimum capacity of 15‚000‚ but we offer eight venues – purpose-built for rugby and requiring no upgrading – with the smallest one offering a fully seated capacity of 43‚500.
“And we will host the largest-ever Rugby World Cup final with 87‚436 fans at the National Stadium in Johannesburg‚” Roux said.
Source: TMG Digital.