Springboks

SA unlikely to bid for 2027 and 2031 Rugby World Cups

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Springboks (Getty Images)
Springboks (Getty Images)
  • It's highly unlikely that either the 2027 or 2031 Rugby World Cups will be hosted by South Africa.
  • A report indicates that South Africa can no longer afford to host the tournament.
  • South Africa looked set to be awarded the rights to host the 2023 event, but was pipped at the last hurdle by France.

The chances appear slim that SA Rugby will bid for the rights to host the 2027 and 2031 Rugby World Cups.

Rapport indicated on Sunday that South Africa can no longer afford to host the global showpiece.

South Africa looked set to be awarded the rights to host the 2023 event, but was pipped at the last hurdle by France.

This decision in November 2017 came as a major shock after World Rugby had previously named South Africa as the recommended hosts following an independent audit.

But the World Rugby Council then voted for France, who received 24 votes compared to South Africa's 15 in the second round of voting, while Ireland was eliminated in the first round.

SA Rugby's bids to host the 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Cups were also unsuccessful.

"The government will not currently be able to secure the guarantee of R2 billion, which was last required by World Rugby," a source told the Afrikaans publication when asked if SA Rugby could bid again.

"Not now with the state of the economy, and especially not with what the economy will look like after the Covid-19 pandemic."

Australia looks likely to be awarded the rights to host the 2027 World Cup, while the 2031 tournament could head to the USA.

South Africa has hosted one Rugby World Cup - in 1995 - when the Springboks won the Webb Ellis Cup at the first time of asking.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
41% - 11449 votes
Cricket
12% - 3308 votes
Football
19% - 5167 votes
Athletics
3% - 695 votes
Boxing
1% - 270 votes
Cycling
2% - 643 votes
Golf
5% - 1416 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2341 votes
Tennis
3% - 926 votes
Water sports
1% - 247 votes
American sports
1% - 336 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 903 votes
Vote