South Africa: SA Set to Host 2023 Rugby World Cup

World Rugby has selected South Africa as its preferred host for the 2023 World Cup ahead of Ireland and France.

SA Rugby Magazine reports that a team of experts carried out the evaluation against weighted criteria that reflect World Rugby's key objectives. France's bid came second, with Ireland's third.

World Rugby council members will now vote and the decision will be made official in London on 15 November.

'We told the World Rugby Council that we would deliver a triple win tournament when we presented to them last month - a win for the game with record receipts; a win for the fans with an unforgettable tournament in a bucket-list destination and, most importantly, a win for the players with the most athlete-centric event in the tournament's history,' said Roux.

'This nomination is confirmation of that belief and reward for an outstanding bid in which no detail was too small to be addressed or any question not comprehensively answered. We are 100% confident that the commitments we made in our document will be delivered. We will make all of world rugby proud of South Africa 2023.'

Mr Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, thanked the South African government for their support and said that their backing had been central to the bid's success: 'The support of Cabinet and the presence of the Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, in company with the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Thulas Nxesi, at the presentations in London last month was critical,' he said.

'The fact that the deputy Minister of Sport, Mr Gert Oosthuizen, and the Director General, Mr Alec Moemi, were also in attendance spoke volumes. I'd also like to thank the many stadium and city managers and other service providers in preparing our bid as well, of course, as our two World Cup-winning captains, Francois Pienaar and John Smit, who assisted in presenting our bid in London.'

World Rugby and Rugby World Cup Limited 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.

'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.'


The result of the bidding process will be finalisted on 15 November. There are 39 votes to be cast. The unions/regional associations can cast their votes as they see fit, including splitting their votes or abstaining. The entire process is being overseen by independent auditors. The winner needs to accumulate a total of 20 votes from the following groups:

Sanzaar/Six Nations unions that are not bidding - three votes each (total of 21):





New Zealand



Six regional associations and Japan - two votes each (total of 14):


North America





South America

Four individual unions - one vote each (total of four):





In the event of no candidate winning a clear majority (20 votes or more) after the first ballot, the bid with the least votes will be eliminated and another ballot will be called. The winner of that ballot will be granted hosting rights. If that vote ends in a draw, the World Rugby chairman can call for a further ballot or he can exercise the casting vote to break the stalemate.

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