Rugby World Cup 2023
South Africa keen to host Rugby World Cup 2023
ESPN Staff
March 4, 2015
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South Africa President Nelson Mandela presents the World Cup to Springboks skipper Francois Pienaar, South Africa v New Zealand, Rugby World Cup Final, Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, June 24, 1995
Nelson Mandela presented the World Cup to Francois Pienaar in 1995, when the "Rainbow Nation" truly came to life © Getty Images
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South Africa is looking to bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, following the announcement of the tender process by World Rugby.

"By the time the tournament comes round it will be 28 years since Nelson Mandela handed the trophy to Francois Pienaar, "South African Rugby Union chief executive Jurie Roux said. "And I believe that South Africa is hungry to once again host rugby's greatest occasion."

Roux said the board was committed to hosting the showpiece tournament again, on the proviso of approval from South Africa's Olympic Committee and support of the national government.

"The 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup were magnificent occasions for our nation, and for the respective sports, and the prospect of being able to repeat those unforgettable occasions is very exciting."

World Rugby announced the key dates for bidding would be:

  • 14 May, 2015: Window opens for unions to submit Expressions of Interest
  • 15 June, 2015: Expression of Interest period ends
  • May 2016: Tender documentation released
  • June 2016: Deadline for confirmation of intention to tender
  • May 2017: Announcement of 2023 Rugby World Cup host

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said the Rugby World Cup was "one of the world's most recognisable and popular major sports events" that offers the host nation economic benefits of up to £2 billion and minimal infrastructure overlay".

"Today's announcement is great news for Rugby World Cup and for our member unions. The host selection process gives unions a clear timetable to consult with relevant stakeholders, including national and regional government, deliver feasibility studies and hone their bids to host an event that truly delivers the platform to promote and grow rugby around the world."

Francois Pienaar and Hannes Strydom celebrate the famous victory at Ellis Park © Getty Images
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