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RWC Final to be at “Soccer City”

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 14 May 2009 at 00:45
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The South African Rugby Union delivered, what they believe to be, a compelling case to host either the 2015 or 2019 World Cup tournaments to the International Rugby Board council in Dublin on Wednesday.

Rugby 365 reports that SARU deputy president Mark Alexander and former Springbok captain and manager Morne du Plessis led the South African bid team as it took Council through a half-hour presentation.

One of the most interesting aspects to emerge from the bid presentation is that the National Stadium in Johannesburg, affectionately known as Soccer City and which is earmarked to host both the opening and final matches of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, has beaten off the challenge of a rugby venue like Ellis Park to host the Rugby World Cup Final.

South Africa is bidding in competition with England, Italy and Japan for the rights to host either of the 2015 or 2019 tournaments.

The IRB Council will deliver its verdict on both host countries on July 28.

“Thanks to the support of our Government and the incredible investment in infrastructure and new stadiums, we believe we can present a very strong case for a South African World Cup,” said Alexander.

“Our bid is based on three principles: We believe South Africa offers the most dramatic stage to showcase the game of rugby; we can produce a commercially lucrative tournament; and we have a hosting environment and a readiness to deliver that is arguably second to none.”

Alexander confirmed that SARU’s Tournament Guarantee had been underwritten by Government while he underlined that a World Cup in South Africa would be a major commercial success.

“We have the benefit of being in the most attractive time zone for broadcasters and sponsors while we have tremendous capacity in our stadiums and hospitality industry to host large numbers of guests.”

A South African Tournament would make use of several of the stadiums that will be used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including staging the Opening Match and Final at the 91 000-capacity National Stadium in Johannesburg.

“Our new stadiums will allow us to make available 2,8-million match tickets at prices that will make the Tournament affordable for all South Africans as well as international visitors,” said Du Plessis.

“As a nation we are establishing a reputation as an outstanding venue for the world’s largest sporting events and our stadiums will provide outstanding facilities for players, spectators, officials and media to enjoy what we believe would be an unforgettable Rugby World Cup.”

World Cup-winning captain John Smit and former IRB Player of the Year Bryan Habana were featured in an audio-visual presentation supporting the Bid in their absence due to Saturday’s crucial Vodacom Super 14 final-round match.

“The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle of the game and the ultimate stage for any player,” said Smit. “It would be a huge honour for South Africa to host another World Cup. We’re ready and waiting.”


  • The bit that REALLY excites me is:

    The IRB Council will deliver its verdict on both host countries on July 28.

    So soon!?! 😯 Something to look forward to in the coming months.

    I have this feeling we will get one of them.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.05.09 20:59:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I also think so…
    And the FNB stadium is a bigger stadium…even though it looks like a giant rubber-duck (boat)!??!

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.05.09 01:08:07 by Hmmm Reply
  • i’ll prefer 2015, but any will do, Go SOUTH AFRICA

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.05.09 06:52:38 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I am not so confident, I reckon Japan will get 2015 and England will get 2019. Hope I am wrong!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.05.09 06:56:46 by Whindy Reply
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  • that is like right next to soweto, there is not a chance, my car was almost stolen and hi jacked in the same day when playing golf across the stadium 3 weeks ago

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.05.09 07:50:03 by willa Reply

  • My bet is as follows.
    2011 won’t make much money due to the fact that NZ cannot run a big tournament.
    So Japan won’t get 2015 but will probably get 2019
    2015 has to be a big moneyspinner so that leaves England and SA

    So the betting imho is
    2015 – 1st England 2nd SA
    2019 – 1st Japan 2nd losing host in 2015 (SA/England)

    So in my book SA may get neither. If we don’t get 2015 we may be out in the cold.

    BTW – comments about security don’t worry me. WC2010 will have huge security. RWC 2015 would also have it. It will be fine.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.05.09 07:55:21 by Biscuit Reply

  • @Whindy (Comment 4) :

    I heard some snippets of their bid proposal and the one thing that stood out was:

    ‘England is the ‘home’ of rugby’


  • Comment 7, posted at 14.05.09 08:05:35 by wpw Reply
  • @Biscuit (Comment 6) : well we will just have to wait and see, now wont we

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.05.09 08:30:19 by willa Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 7) : Same sentimental bulshit that won it for the Kiwis!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.05.09 08:38:08 by Whindy Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 5) :

    What? Was the car-thief hijacked? 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.05.09 09:00:28 by Ollie Reply

  • @Ollie (Comment 10) : ha ha, no, found a screw driver in my door, and then when i left 3 okes, one with a gun ran up to my car at the robot next to the stadium!

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.05.09 11:17:02 by willa Reply

  • England will be bankruot after hosting the olympics…. no chance they’ll get the rugby too

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.05.09 12:34:15 by Rahul Reply

  • Well at least the gargantuan waste of money that the new stadiums are will be able to find some use in other events.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.05.09 13:42:01 by klempie Reply

  • How is it a waste of money Klempie?

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.05.09 06:40:48 by blackshark Reply

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    @blackshark (Comment 14) :

    i was actually wondering the same on Sunday, watching carte Blanche…will we get serious use for the stadiums after the WC? I mean these are HUGE stadiums – wont it be sort of like a “white elephant”?

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.05.09 07:38:31 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 15) :
    Look, some of the stadiums are not that huge…improvements were done on the facilities and surroundings but no extra seating.

    The majority will have a capacity of less than 50 000 …with Soccer City being the notable exception with a capacity of over 90 000. The very stadium is being used to support the bid for the RWC…and will be used for other major tournaments…domestic FINALS and MUSIC concerts…so I still fail to understand why it’s being regarded as a waste.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.05.09 08:22:00 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 16) :

    Well the new stadium is Durban certainly IS a Waste of money. There was NO REASON for a new stadium, breaking down a white elephant that was 15 years old to make way for a bigger white elephant.

    Why not expand or upgrade ABSA Stadium at a WHACK less than the 3 Bil for the new stadium.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.05.09 08:31:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 16) :

    Fair enough.

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :

    I was also thinking that….

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.05.09 08:39:19 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :

    I’ve always had a problem with understanding that one…

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.05.09 08:42:20 by blackshark Reply

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  • Soccer City. Amazing!!! 91,000 seats. close to the action. Bigger than Wembley. Connected to the BRT system. New train station adjacent to the stadium. Wide pedestrian boulevards. 15,000 parking spaces.


  • Comment 20, posted at 16.05.09 01:27:54 by capetownguy Reply

  • Just an interesting note.

    Morne du Plessis presented the final presentation to the IRB.
    He is executive director of the team SAIL(25% WP Rugby, 50% Blue Bulls owners), that joined up with Stade de France to operate Green Point stadium.

    Wonder if Newlands is part of the bid.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.05.09 01:32:34 by capetownguy Reply


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