Mzansi to bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

By Drum Digital
05 March 2015

South Africa will bid to host the 2023 World Cup and hope to make it fourth time lucky after three unsuccessful attempts, the country's rugby union (SARU) said on Wednesday.

Reuters is reporting that SARU must now receive approval from the country’s national Olympic Committee and government, but this is seen as a formality with the bid process to open in May.

They will face competition from at least Ireland, who announced their intention to bid in December.

"We definitely expect to be bidding to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup -- as we have for the past three tournaments," SARU CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement.

"The 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup were magnificent occasions for our nation and for the respective sports and the prospect of being able to repeat those unforgettable occasions is very exciting."

The winning bid will be announced in May 2017.

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