not South Africa as hosts of Rugby World Cup 2023?
are France or Ireland better destinations for sport’s biggest global event in
got a few mates who challenge why South Africa should host the World Cup. Their
off the cuff belief is that Ireland and France are more deserving of it than
wanted to know why?
came to the fore is that they were seriously disillusioned with the Springboks
after the horror 2016 season.
They felt the Boks were at an all time low and
that South African rugby didn’t deserve to play host to the game’s biggest
really didn’t have an answer to support why they felt Ireland or France would
be a good option and admitted it had more to do with their anger at the 2016
as always, is a romantic choice and it’s a nation that somehow always gets the
benefit of the doubt. Any other country, whose main city, has been the subject
of terror attacks, would never be a consideration for the hosting of a sporting
city of love is a very strong contender for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and
possibly an even stronger candidate to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
French have sold both the Olympic and Rugby World Cup bids around the lure of
Paris as a tourist destination, more so than a sporting event.
spent six of the seven tournament weeks in Paris at the 2007 Rugby World Cup
hosted by France and the United Kingdom. I loved it as a tourist but the rugby
seemed almost incidental. I had a brilliant visit in Paris but it never felt
like I was consumed with being at a Rugby World Cup.
rugby experience of South Africa (1995) and New Zealand (2011) was so different
because of the immersion of rugby into the country’s psyche for the entirety of
bid is a very emotional one and plays on this type of immersion. The Irish sell
is that the country will come to a standstill for the duration of the
isn’t by nature a rugby specific country. Gaelic Football, Hurling and Soccer
have always commanded a greater sporting presence.
stadia infra structure is secondary to France and South Africa’s world class
offering. Ireland has just two world-class stadiums and they also don’t have
the rugby culture of it being the number one sport in their country.
recent success was another reason my mates said they were deserving of hosting
the Rugby World Cup.
what success? They beat the All Blacks for the first time in their history in
2016 but also lost to the All Blacks in Dublin and lost to Scotland and Wales.
rugby returns have been abysmal, so if South Africa should be punished because
of the Springboks’ inconsistency then what of France and Ireland, who at the
last World Cup conceded 40 points to Argentina in the quarter-final?
reality is the hosting of the Rugby World Cup should have nothing to do with
the form of the host union.
Africa, hosting 2023, is not about the Springboks but about having the world’s
best rugby players in this country for an extended period of two months.
can anyone in rugby-mad South Africa not want that?