Cape Town - Deputy
President Cyril Ramaphosa will
return to London on Monday where he will lead 'Team South Africa' to the World Rugby
announcement of the Rugby World Cup 2023 host venue.
The announcement is expected to take place in London on Wednesday, November 15 2017.
President Ramaphosa led South Africa's Rugby World Cup bid in September when
it presented its case to host the 2023 tournament that will take place
years after the invention of the game of rugby by William Webb Ellis.
South African bid has subsequently been named as the "clear leader" and "unanimous" choice of the Rugby World Cup board to host the 2023
This follows an exhaustive tendering, clarification and evaluation
Contenders France and Ireland were rated second and third
final decision rests with 26 World Rugby Council members who
collectively exercise 39 votes and among whom a simple majority is
required to secure
the hosting rights. The three bidding countries do not vote.
eligible to vote in the secret ballot on November 15 are: Australia (3
votes), England (3), New Zealand (3), Scotland
(3), Wales (3), Italy (3), Argentina (3), Canada (1), Japan (2),
Georgia (1), Romania (1), USA (1), Asia Rugby (2), Oceania Rugby (2),
Rugby Africa (2), Rugby Americas North (2), Rugby Europe (2), Sudamerica
announcement is scheduled for approximately 15:00 (SA time) on
Wednesday and will be broadcast live on SuperSport
(Channel 201) from 14:30 as well as being live streamed on
President Ramaphosa's participation and leadership in this visit will
once more demonstrate the government's support and commitment to the
to return the tournament to the African continent in the 21st century.
high-powered delegation will again include Sport and Recreation
Minister Thulas Nxesi, SA Rugby President Mark Alexander and Chief
Jurie Roux, who laid out South Africa's technically and
commercially compelling case to host the tournament.