Cape Town - South African Rugby
Union President Mark Alexander has promised World Rugby that the 2023 Rugby World
Cup, should it be in South Africa, will be unrivalled in terms of player
South Africa’s 2023
Rugby World Cup bid focuses on making the tournament the most player centric in
the tournament’s history.
climate, stadia and playing conditions make for the perfect setting for any
rugby player and South Africa is renowned for its hosting ability. The promise
from South Africa is that 2023 will be an international benchmark for player
welfare standards, for all teams,’ said Alexander.
South Africa’s World
Cup vision, according to Alexander, is to showcase the very best rugby has to
offer, inspiring South Africa, Africa and the world.
‘Our commitment to
player welfare is evidenced by recent HSBC World Rugby Series awards in which
the 2014 Nelson Mandela Bay experience was voted the most player-centric
and the 2015 event in Cape Town was voted the best tournament on the
circuit and the most player-centric.’
‘South Africa’s bid
vision is strongly aligned to World Rugby’s vision that rugby is a sport for
all, and we promise a tournament that speaks to World Rugby’s mission of
delivering a truly global mass-participation sport, and an event that protects
the ethos of rugby’s 200-year history and promotes the core values of
integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline.’
SA will deliver
a tournament with eight match venues, centered on a match schedule and team
base solution specifically designed to maximize player welfare ahead of cost or
any other considerations.
South Africa’s bid
* Minimised team travel
between host cities
* No hotel checkout for
matches away from the host city team bases during the pool stages
* Shorter than required
distances between team hotels, training venues and match venues, with all these
coach trips supported by traffic escorts
* Customised and
consistent world-class hotel accommodation in premium hotels with experience of
hosting international sports team, with additional budget to create a
first-class team room environment
* Premium-quality team
base options, with all required high-quality training facilities in a single
* Highly trained local
liaison officers with international rugby experience, working in their home
SA Rugby has already
identified an extensive list of all possible team hotels and these hotels have
extensive experience in hosting international sports teams. The quality of the
rooms, the age of the hotel, the room size, the team facilities, proximity to
training and match venues and nearby amenities are unrivalled.
Another of the
advantages is the quality of training facilities and training fields, which
will all be within 20 minutes drive of the team hotel. All facilities
required, outdoor training field, swimming pool, gymnasium and indoor training
facility are all hosted in one location.
‘All training venue
options identified are a maximum of 17 minutes travel time from the teams’
accommodation, which surpasses by 13 minutes the defined 30 minute requirement;
all training venue facilities are grouped in one location and all team hotels
selection are premium hotels with experience in hosting international sports
team and will be less than 30 minutes from the match venue,’ said Alexander.
‘This is unprecedented in the history of the tournament and our bid speaks
directly to player welfare.’
Player welfare will be
at the heart of the tournament and the schedule and pool structure will be the
most player friendly.
South Africa will also
be investing £3.6 million to install Desso Grassmaster hybrid pitches at each
match venue to ensure optimal playing conditions.
During the Pool stages,
12 of the 20 teams will play only one away match, and the remaining eight teams
will play all four matches in their base host city. All 20 teams will not have
to check out of their team base hotel during the pool stages, which is
unprecedented in the tournament’s history. It will also minimise travel fatigue
and maximise player comfort and welfare.