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Cape Town - World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper says South Africa would be a contender to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup in case Japan loses its rights to host the event.
World Rugby is believed to be worried about the availability of the stadiums after it was recently revealed that the tournament would not be able to use Japan's National Stadium.
Gosper said no ‘formal discussions’ had taken place, but said South Africa would naturally be a contender if Japan is unable to provide the necessary assurances by the end of the month.
South Africa hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup and will also be bidding to host the 2023 event.