D Day for SA’s Rugby World Cup bid

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The World Rugby Council will on Wednesday, announce the host country of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London, with South Africa expecting to win the hosting rights over fellow challengers France and Ireland.

It comes after a lengthy independent evaluation process which concluded that South Africa was the clear leader. The waiting is nearly over for the South African bid team which is led in London by deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

The announcement is expected around 15h00 Wednesday afternoon South Africa time after 26 delegates from the World Rugby Council have voted on which country should host the 2023 tournament.

The evaluations process found South Africa to be the leading destination in three out of five categories scoring highly for its venues, infrastructure and organisation. It was also noted that it has previous experience in hosting major football, cricket and rugby tournaments.

However officials from rivals France and Ireland have been insisting the vote could still go there way, so South Africa will have to wait until the announcement to see if 22 years after its historic hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 1995, the tournament will return.

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