The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has successfully submitted a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Since hosting the tournament in 1995, the SARU team believe it’s about time that SA welcome the next generation of sporting legends. CEO, Jurie Roux, delivered the 827p document with pride to World Rugby House in Dublin, Ireland.
The 8.2kg proposal details South Africa’s ability to host the tournament. Among other factors, SARU is required to outline travel and tourism measures, security details and the ability for the nation’s infrastructure to accommodate the tournament’s participants and global followers. No doubt the success of previous international tournaments, including FIFA 2010, will hold weight this time.
“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.” – J Roux.
Roux also added that hosting the tournament wasn’t just about what progress could be made in South African Rugby, but to also showcase what the nation could offer the sport on an international level. Having worked over two years to collate the document, Roux and his colleagues are confident that it covers everything needed and more. Having iconic venues and internationally acclaimed training facilities are sure to work in South Africa’s favour this time, as well as the fact that two of the nation’s cities were included in the process of consideration for Africa’s best business tourism city.
Current projections estimate that, if the bid is successful, South Africa would reap outstanding economic benefits. Approximately R5.7bn would flow into low-income homesteads and nearly 40 000 temporary, project-based and even permanent jobs could be created. There are challenges, however, as other bidders for the 2023 games include France and Ireland, itself.