SA Rugby considering bid for 2027 World Cup

Mark Alexander
Mark Alexander

Cape Town - SA Rugby president Mark Alexander on Tuesday hinted that South Africa would consider bidding to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

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Alexander was speaking at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Tuesday after the Springboks arrived back in the country following their World Cup triumph in Japan last Saturday.

"We are considering 2027, but we've just won 2022 (Sevens World Cup) so we first want to conclude the Sevens World Cup that we have won," said Alexander.

World Rugby last week confirmed that Cape Town would host the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2022. The three-day event will be held at the 55 000-capacity Cape Town Stadium in September of that year.

South Africa put in a strong bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, but were surprisingly pipped at the last hurdle by France.

On Tuesday, Alexander did not rule out the possibility of bringing the World Cup back to South Africa.

"There is a lot of planning so we have to make sure that we have enough money to host 2027," he said.

The United States are also expected to bid for hosting rights of the 2027 tournament with World Rugby eager to break into the largely untapped American market.

South Africa last hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995 when the Springboks famously won the event at their first attempt.

- Compiled by Herman Mostert

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