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Ramaphosa to travel to London for World Cup host announcement

JOHANNESBURG, November 13 – Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa will on Monday, travel to London where he will lead team South Africa to the World Rugby Council announcement of the Rugby World Cup 2023 host venue.


The announcement will take place in London on Wednesday.


Ramaphosa led the SA bid in September when it presented its case to host the 2023 tournament.


The South African bid has subsequently been named as the “clear leader” and “unanimous” choice of the Rugby World Cup board to host the 2023 tournament. This follows a tendering, clarification and evaluation process.



Contenders France and Ireland were rated second and third respectively.


The final decision rests with 26 World Rugby Council members who collectively exercise 39 votes and among whom a simple majority is required to secure the hosting rights. The three bidding countries do not vote.


The high-powered delegation will again include sport and recreation minister Thulas Nxesi, SA Rugby president Mark Alexander and chief executive officer Jurie Roux, who will explain South Africa’s technically and commercially compelling case to host the tournament.

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