Cape Town - South Africa have focused their 2023 Rugby World Cup bid on
eight existing stadia in seven cities.
Soccer City, which hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup final, will also play host to the 2023 Rugby World Cup final should South
Africa's bid be successful.
South Africa, Ireland and France are the bidding countries
and South Africa and France, who have both hosted the Soccer World Cup, have
submitted bids that are technically very strong in areas like stadia.
Each country's submitted bid had to address seven areas, as
set out by World Rugby.
The seven point World Rugby bid criteria is:
1. Venues and infrastructure
commensurate with a top-tier major event
2. Comprehensive and enforceable public and private
3. A commercially successful event with a fully funded,
robust financial model
4. Operational excellence through an integrated and
experienced delivery team
5. A vision that engages and inspires domestic and
international audiences and contributes to the growth of rugby at all levels
6. An enabling environment of political and financial
stability that respects the diversity of Rugby World Cup’s global stakeholders
7. An environment and climate suited to top-level sport
in a geography that allows maximum fan mobility
All three countries will get an opportunity to
address World Rugby's Council in person to explain their bid.
voting will happen on November 15.