South Africa set to be awarded 2023 Rugby World Cup



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    South Africa will expect to win the right to host Rugby World Cup 2023 once and for all in London.

    Ireland and France have refused to give up the fight but both are likely to wind up disappointed by Wednesday’s final vote.

    South Africa was named as the 2023 preferred host nation by World Rugby’s independent review, but that only sparked spiky reactions over the process from Ireland and France.

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt remains convinced his side’s record 30-3 thumping of the Springboks in Dublin on Saturday could swing the vote of World Rugby’s member nations on Wednesday, but that appears a long shot.

    “This could really put the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) in the shop window when people are voting on Wednesday,” Schmidt said in the wake of Ireland’s fine victory over South Africa.

    Schmidt’s position and the IRFU’s fight to overturn South Africa’s advantage has run as far as chief executive Philip Browne writing a letter to World Rugby to challenge the independent process behind the preferred bidder recommendation.

    World Rugby publicly acknowledged receipt of that behind-the-scenes letter on Friday, in order to consider the matter closed.

    “World Rugby can confirm that it has addressed in full, clarification requests by the Rugby World Cup 2023 host candidates and council members,” read World Rugby’s statement on Friday.

    “The ability to submit clarification requests following the publication of the recommendation and comprehensive report on 31 October was agreed and permitted within the host selection process operated by World Rugby.

    “These clarifications have been addressed with significant supporting detail, and have been shared with the host candidates and World Rugby council.

    “The comprehensive and objective responses reflect the transparent principles at the heart of the independently audited process. They do not impact on the detail or outcomes of the evaluation report nor on the subsequent recommendation.”

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    • November 15th 2017 @ 12:54pm
      JP said | November 15th 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

      How can the South Africans afford to host it,? don’t they have to pay the greedy IRB 600 000 000 Rand up front ?…

      • November 15th 2017 @ 3:49pm
        Cuw said | November 15th 2017 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

        aside from the money – there seems to be a coup in Zimbabwe , which may de-stabilize the region.

        political upheaval is never good these days. look at middle east….

        • November 15th 2017 @ 5:06pm
          DavSA said | November 15th 2017 @ 5:06pm | ! Report

          Cuw , Zim has been destabilising Southern Africa for 40 odd years. Between 4 and 6 million Zimbabweans migrating to South Africa testifies to that.

          • November 15th 2017 @ 5:29pm
            Cuw said | November 15th 2017 @ 5:29pm | ! Report

            yes but still there was stability ( whether beneficial or not).

            what im saying is the impact of a coup and then if there is kind of war among fractions – like in middle east.

            that is why some people still think even a malevolent dictator is better than democratic fractions – becoz there is no stability and only constant chaos.

      • November 15th 2017 @ 6:33pm
        DavSA said | November 15th 2017 @ 6:33pm | ! Report

        JP , The SA Government read here “The taxpayer” has guaranteed payment. No ways SARU has that kind of cash . Personally I am silent on the issue but if I were not a rugby supporter I am not sure I would be too pleased.

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      November 15th 2017 @ 1:28pm
      pformagg said | November 15th 2017 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

      The quota system should rule them out of the running, but it won’t.

      • November 16th 2017 @ 11:34am
        ads2600 said | November 16th 2017 @ 11:34am | ! Report

        Couldn’t agree more.

    • November 15th 2017 @ 2:39pm
      potatojuice said | November 15th 2017 @ 2:39pm | ! Report

      Disgusting decision if true.

    • November 15th 2017 @ 5:12pm
      DavSA said | November 15th 2017 @ 5:12pm | ! Report

      SA has presented the best bid and will probably get it . My only problem is that SARU will feel rewarded and that is not deserved.

      On a positive note with the SA Rand now at 14,5 to the US Dollar, many rugby lovers world wide will have an incredibly affordable trip where if the Cup were to be hosted in Europe this may have been too expensive for them.

      Oh and our wine is better and a lot cheaper than French or Irish wine.

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        November 15th 2017 @ 5:34pm
        Machooka said | November 15th 2017 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

        ‘My only problem is that SARU will feel rewarded and that is not deserved.’

        Yeah DaveSA… it’s an interesting dichotomy eh!?!

        There are many positives should SARU win their bid to host the 2023 RWC… least of all a focal point by which SA might be forced to field their best team regardless of the ‘quota system’. Surely?

        A win at home would just be the ants’ pants for the game in SA. Hopefully.

        Regardless, for we supporters abroad, a trip to SA to partake in a RWC, with the present exchange rate, would be very tempting. And the wine… yes the wine. And the food. The country. The people. In fact the whole SA experience with some rugby to boot! 🙂

        • November 15th 2017 @ 5:53pm
          DavSA said | November 15th 2017 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

          I have already booked a table at my local for you Machooka .

          Politically SA will in the opinion of many be more stable with a more inclusive multi party democracy being predicted. A key player according to futurists and myself will be the DA party which will hold the power sway. They are dead against quotas so it may still be allright.

      • November 15th 2017 @ 11:19pm
        Fionn said | November 15th 2017 @ 11:19pm | ! Report

        ‘Oh and our wine is better and a lot cheaper than French or Irish wine.’

        Absolutely agree, Dav 🙂

    • November 15th 2017 @ 6:09pm
      Cuw said | November 15th 2017 @ 6:09pm | ! Report

      off topic , but have u seen this ??

      Stormers, Bulls to play pre-season match in USA

    • November 15th 2017 @ 7:06pm
      riddler said | November 15th 2017 @ 7:06pm | ! Report

      personally would have loved a french or irish win..

      if the reports are true of the grading system that was released a couple weeks ago there does seem to be something a miss..

      am still hoping that the froggies get it.. ryder cup/rugby/olympics


      • November 16th 2017 @ 1:26am
        Riddler said | November 16th 2017 @ 1:26am | ! Report

        Happy days!!

        A few years of some awesome sport coming up for this part of world..

        Feel for the irish. . But am happy for the frogs..