Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead a high-level delegation to London for the presentation to World Rugby of South Africa’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2023 tournament.
The two other countries bidding for RWC 2023 are France and Ireland.
Ramaphosa will be supported by Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi and Deputy Minister Gert Oosthuizen. The South African presentation will take place at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London, on Monday, September 25.
President Jacob Zuma requested Ramaphosa to lead Team South Africa, given that he is leading the South African delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The delegation will include SA Rugby president, Mark Alexander, and CEO, Jurie Roux, in laying out South Africa’s case to host the tournament 28 years since last hosting in 1995.
In a media statement, the Government said Ramaphosa’s participation in this visit “demonstrated the government’s support for and commitment to the effort to return the tournament to the African continent in the 21st century”.
Also, government has signed off on all the requirements stipulated by World Rugby, satisfying more than the required minimum guarantee.
“We are deeply honoured and privileged to have such high-powered and visible support from our government to lead our bid presentation,” said Alexander.
“The suggestion in some quarters appears to be that our government is lukewarm about our bid. I hope this delegation and the presentation we make on Monday will once and for all give the lie to that idea.”
Ramaphosa has called on all South Africans to show their support for the bid as the bid delegation enters the final stages.
World Rugby will announce the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup on November 15, 2017.
The RWC 2023 bid scorecard
The respective World Cup bids will be measured against a scorecard of:
- Finance, commercial and commitments 35%
- Venues and host cities 30%
- Tournament infrastructure 20%
- Vision and concept 10%
- Tournament, organisation and schedule 5%
SA Rugby’s 10 Commitments to RWC Limited
- We will make World Rugby proud – South Africa will deliver an event that will honour the custodianship of the tournament, celebrate its 10th tournament anniversary and the game’s 200-year history.
- You will make money – The South African Government-guaranteed tournament fee is GBP 160m, which is GBP 40m more than the bid requirement. In South Africa, RWC 2023 will be a low-risk, high-return event in an ideal commercial environment (time zone, language, rights protection).
- Peak performance – Our player-centric focus will be unprecedented in comfort, convenience and support. Player performance will be optimal, given the ideal playing conditions, world- class match venues and training facilities, and a match schedule with low travel impact.
- You will love working with us – It’s your tournament, we are your stage. It’s an event for the whole world, not just South Africa. Together we will deliver operational excellence, with the full support of our National Government and host cities.
- Super stadia – South Africa has eight rugby and true multi-purpose, all-seater, world-class match venues. All our stadia could host a quarter-final, and four meet and exceed RWCL’s requirements to host the final.
- Rugby that rocks – Our match venues will have new full-sized Desso pitches that are firm and dry in the South African spring. These conditions will make for brilliant and entertaining rugby.
- Fan-tastic – We’ll host the biggest rugby carnival that is vibrantly African in a top international tourist destination… where you can enjoy the rugby, beautiful beaches, natural splendour and Big 5 wildlife!
- Best ever tournament experience – South Africa’s local value for money ensures a tournament budget that prioritises player welfare and exceptional quality. Our local costs also decrease RWCL’s delivery costs, and are attractive to international tourists.
- Leveraging technology – SA Rugby’s world-leading digital sports technology ICT partner will ensure the tournament connects to and inspires a global audience. They will develop a bespoke Tournament Management System that will be transferred to RWCL and future hosts at no cost.
- Tournament legacy – World Rugby will be the biggest beneficiary of RWC 2023’s global rugby spectacle, rugby and technology legacy, and improved knowledge transfer to 2027 host candidates. The tournament will support World Rugby’s vision of delivering a truly global mass participation sport.