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financial support and tournament guarantees were non negotiable for World Rugby
to entertain South Africa’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
there would have been no government RWC 2023 Tournament Fee guarantee of R2.7
billion if there was not a belief within government that hosting the biggest
global sporting event of 2023 was an economic opportunity more than a sporting
host selection process weighted criteria, as determined by World Rugby, puts a
premium on government guarantees in relation to the respective World Cup
bidding countries South Africa, France and Ireland.
strength of the respective World Cup bids will be measured against a regulated
World Rugby scorecard of:
and concept 10%
organisation and schedule 5%
and host cities 30%
commercial and commitments 35%
Finance, Commercial and Commitments criteria is further broken down to:
Legislation and Customs, Financial Feasibility, Commercial Rights and Financial
government, from the outset, has been vocal in its support and definitive in
providing detail of its financial guarantee to endorse the French bid.
Ireland’s government, by way of various voices, has for the past two years been
equally bullish in their endorsement but the government to date has yet to
publicly detail the financial guarantee of R2.7 billion for the right to host
South African government, a week ago, confirmed its operational and financial
support to the Bid and all signed commitments, which endorse the R2.7 billion
financial guarantee, were delivered to World Rugby’s offices in Dublin before
the July 31 deadline.
South African government Ministry statement said: ‘The cabinet has approved the
overall proposed package for this tournament which is an economic bid, which
would minimise the demands on the fiscus, as well as stimulate economic
activity, employment and empowerment.
tournament will contribute to stimulate our economy by supporting government
priorities, especially as it relates to preferential procurement and adherence
to the Sport Transformation Charter and the sharing of the profits derived. The
event will further boost our tourism and hospitality sector.
successful bid will be a win-win for sport development, for the economy and for
the nation as a whole.’
South African Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux expressed his relief as much as his
thanks that the government was finally on board as a bidding partner.
has been a lot of behind the scenes work in the last six months between
government, SA Rugby’s leadership and the South Africa 2023 Bid team. It’s been
a healthy and invigorating experience and it has also strengthened the
relationship between rugby and the government, which is essential to the health
of the sport. We, at Rugby are thankful and grateful to the government. I
believe we’ve done South Africa justice with the quality of the Bid.’
told the media that the leadership within the South African Rugby Union had
done (and continues to do) the introspection to get its own house in order, and
that the government had been satisfied about the integrity in all that that the
sport was doing to ensure its place in the South African sporting and social
end government backed us, we thanked them and the DG of Sport (Alec Moemi) did
unbelievable work in getting that over the line, both in cabinet and all the
relevant ministers. So we’re very excited.
all four guarantees in - the minister of trade and industry, home affairs,
police, finance and sport combined in terms of the guarantee and we have a
pretty competitive guarantee there at the moment.’
was upbeat that the work within South Africa had been done to satisfy all the
components of a compelling bid and welcomed the opportunity to share South
Africa’s 2023 World Cup vision with World Rugby’s Council on September 25.
The Board of Rugby World Cup Ltd, based on the independent evaluation
process, will in mid-October issue a recommendation to World Rugby Council as
to who should be the 2023 hosts.
The World Rugby Council will vote to determine the host on
November 15. It is a straight majority vote and the winning country must secure
a 19-strong majority from the 37 World Council votes.
If no country gets a majority in the first round of voting then
the country with the least number of votes at that point is eliminated. In the
event of a split decision, the chairperson, has the casting vote.
None of the three bidding countries can vote.