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SA launch double RWC bid

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 7 May 2009 at 14:22
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The South African Rugby Union delivered its bid to host either the 2015 or 2019 Rugby World Cup to Rugby World Cup Limited in Dublin on Thursday.

SARU president, Oregan Hoskins, announced at a media conference in Johannesburg that positive discussions with Government had seen the last brick fall into place.

“The Government has been very supportive and they have provided the financial backing to allow us to complete what we believe is a compelling case to bring the Rugby World Cup back home,” said Hoskins. “South Africa in this day and age is set up to host the very biggest global sporting events and we believe we would offer Rugby an unrivalled showcase for the game.

“Players, spectators and media would enjoy world-class facilities in purpose-built stadia; our financial model and time zoning would maximise commercial revenues and we’re a rugby-hungry country that can promise ideal playing conditions at a time of year when the Rugby World Cup would be the only sports event in the national imagination.”

Sport 24 reports that World Cup-winning captain John Smit and former IRB Player of the Year Bryan Habana have joined other leading South Africans who are acting as ambassadors for the Bid.

“The Rugby World Cup is special to me and to all South Africans – and not just because I played in a winning team,” said Habana. “The 1995 Rugby World Cup was a magical time in South Africa’s national life and I believe that if it were to return here we’d provide the stage to create even more special memories – both for South Africa and world Rugby.”

Mark Alexander, Bid Committee chairperson and SARU deputy president, said the newly-refurbished 90 000-capcity Soccer City in Johannesburg would be the venue for the opening and final matches of any South African Rugby World Cup and other new stadiums, as well as existing rugby stadiums, would be used.

“South Africa is spending billions on upgrading our infrastructure and on venues to host the FIFA World Cup next year and the legacy of that tournament offers rugby an incredible opportunity to put on a spectacular tournament in ideal conditions,” said Alexander.

“Government has backed us every step of the way in our discussions with them and both the financial and logistical support they offer would allow a hugely successful commercial tournament to be held without any problems.

“Rugby must publicly thank our Government and particularly the sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile and his department for their unstinting help in producing this Bid.”

Also attending the launch were Dr Ali Bacher, Danny Jordaan and Moss Mashishi, who are among a group of Bid Ambassadors who have lent their experience and advice to the Bid.

The South African Rugby Union team will present their Bid to the IRB Council in Dublin on May 13. The announcement of the successful bidders for the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups will be made on July 28.


  • And Australia have pulled out of both bids citing economic difficulties!!!!!!!! Where does that leave SANZAR

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.05.09 14:41:17 by Rahul Reply
  • “Rugby must publicly thank our Government and particularly the sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile and his department for their unstinting help in producing this Bid.”

    Arse-licker. 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.05.09 15:10:40 by klempie Reply
  • why not. we have white elephants just been built all over the country. might as well get some decent use from them.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.05.09 15:36:02 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply
  • double post 😎 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.05.09 15:50:09 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @try time (history forgets losers) (Comment 3) : agree

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.05.09 15:55:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 1) : backing the wrong horse, that’s where…

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.05.09 17:25:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 1) :

    Never mind THAT, how’s THIS.

    The same O’Neill who is pushing so hard for SuperRugby expansion is telling other codes they need to get smaller and not think about exapnsion. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: What a F%^&EN LOON!!!!!!!!

    Forget expansion in recession: O’Neill

    May 06, 2009 In the face of a “terrifying” recession, sporting codes might not only have to forget about expansion but actually contract in certain areas.

    That’s Australian rugby boss John O’Neill’s warning to rival football codes eyeing sport’s next great battleground in western Sydney, despite the fact that rugby itself is contemplating an expansion.

    “This recession is terrifying,” O’Neill said at the Tattersalls CEOs Lunch, a gathering of administrators from the big five sports – the four football codes as well as cricket.

    “So when you are thinking about broadcasting deals, you’ve got to be realistic about the market,” he said.

    “We are all in ambitious mode, but you might need to contract in certain markets.

    “The AFL showed great courage years ago, causing pain in their own backyard in Melbourne to expand nationally.

    “But it might be there are certain markets where you are saturated.

    “It’s not just about expansion for expansion’s sake.

    “It’s about getting competition sizes right, and living within your means.

    “Like every other business in Australia, sport has enjoyed a 15-year run of an economic boom.”

    O’Neill said broadcasters and sponsors would not necessarily have “purely pessimistic” glasses on when it came to renegotiating contracts.

    “We will come out the end of it (the global recession),” he said.

    “But there is an adjustment to be made, to be realistic about it.”

    The AFL, meanwhile, is taking the long view in its plans to start up an 18th team in the rugby league heartland of western Sydney in 2012.

    Insiders say the venture could cost up to $20 million a year to subsidise it for 10 years.

    “In the strategic context, it’s 20 years in the making,” said the AFL’s NSW/ACT general manager Dale Holmes.

    “At the end of the day you can’t buy hearts and minds.

    “You have to build up from the grass roots, you have to build grounds and goal posts.”

    NRL chief executive David Gallop warned that protecting the quality of a competition was crucial.

    “We put a lot of work into ensuring there are no easy games (in the NRL) and that supporters know their teams are a chance against anyone in the competition,” he said.

    “It’s more important than being in as many places as you can be.”

    O’Neill added: “It took the Swans a long time to become part of the tapestry in Sydney – 15 years, a lot of money and ultimately a premiership”

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.05.09 21:47:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Comment 8, posted at 07.05.09 22:00:43 by Claytie Reply
  • @try time (history forgets losers) (Comment 3) :

    which venues are white elephants. 6 of the venues were rugby/football venues pre 2010. 2 new venues already have operators.

    only venues with issues would be Durban and Nelspruit.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.05.09 01:37:32 by capetownguy Reply

  • @capetownguy (Comment 9) :

    And Greenpoint? Won’t it have issues with newlands?

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.05.09 05:44:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • green point has its own operator, dedicated to attracting events.
    newlands only has approval to host rugby and football matches. it does not have approval to host anything else.

    the green point stadium operator already operate loftus, stade de france and other venues across the world, incl. a 25% stake in WP rugby. I think they know what it is required to generate revenues from events, and perhaps if they want to be very successful attract a tenant e.g. the financially dodgy WP rugby.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.05.09 12:41:42 by capetownguy Reply

  • @capetownguy (Comment 11) :

    thus creating a problem for the future of newlands. As I said.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.05.09 12:49:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • newlands had problems before the green point. one good stormers season last year don’t solve the critical financial issues that exist for wp rugby. the stadium being its last asset.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.05.09 15:36:42 by capetownguy Reply

  • @capetownguy (Comment 13) :

    How much money could have been saved if they revamped / expanded Newlands rather than building a new stadium?

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.05.09 15:38:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • one could certainly argue based on cost but Newlands does not offer a venue of the future, but its rather clinging onto the past. It can’t be expanded to meet the required SF capacity without bashing down homes.
    It has poor transport access, is tucked into a residential area etc.
    Then theres the security rings required, tons of space around the venue required for sponsors, a media centre etc.

    Without a doubt, money could be saved, but for how long do you keep fixing/patching up an old car before getting a new one? I personally love Newlands, and its history but its only a matter of time before its demolished and developers build a few blocks of flats or offices.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.05.09 13:13:24 by capetownguy Reply


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