South Africa could be picked as hosts of the 2023 world cup.
This is after The Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board unanimously recommended them to host the competition.
The World Rugby Council is set to meet in London on Wednesday 15 November to consider the recommendation and vote on the next host. France and Ireland are also keen to win the rights to host the world’s prestigious tournament.
Speaking on the unanimous decision to recommend South Africa, the World Cup Board chairman Bill Beaumont said, “This is the first Rugby World Cup host selection to take place following a complete redesign of the bidding process to promote greater transparency and maximise World Rugby’s hosting objectives.
The comprehensive and independently scrutinised evaluation reaffirmed that we have three exceptional bids but it also identified South Africa as a clear leader based on performance against the key criteria, which is supported by the Board in the recommendation” Beaumont was qouted by England Rugby.
“I would like to congratulate South Africa on a superb bid and all the bid teams for their dedication and professionalism throughout the process to date. Our colleagues on the World Rugby Council will now meet on 15 November in London to consider the Board’s recommendation and vote to decide the host of Rugby World Cup 2023.”
South Africa first hosted the world cup in 1995, their bids to host the 2011, 2015 and 2019 editions failed and they will keen to grab the 2023 opportunity.