It’s time to host the RWC again

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content on 6 Mar 2015 at 10:05
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South Africa is considered as one of the frontrunners to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, after the South African Rugby Union (SARU) confirmed on Wednesday their interest to host the prestigious event. following the announcement of the tendering process by World Rugby.

“We definitely expect to be bidding to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup – as we have for the past three tournaments,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux.

“By the time the tournament comes round it will be 28 years since Nelson Mandela handed the trophy to Francois Pienaar and I believe that South Africa is hungry to once again host rugby’s greatest occasion.

“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.

Other countries who have showed interest include Ireland and France, who hosted the 2007 tournament.

Some new host countries includes, the United States, who will probably co-host with Canada, Argentina and Italy. Interestingly, Italy lost out to hosting the 2015 tournament to England by just three votes.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Rugby World Cup is one of the world’s most recognisable and popular major sports events. With a six-week global shop window, upwards of 500,000 international visitors, multiple sporting, social and tourism benefits, economic benefits of up to £2 billion (R36bn) and minimal infrastructure overlay, it is also an attractive event for potential hosts.”

Countries like Australia and New Zealand will not be considered as they were recent hosts of the tournament in 2003 and 2011 respetively

The 2023 Rugby World Cup host will be announced in May 2017.


  • USA should get it, I would much rather see rugby grow bigger there.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.03.15 10:10:49 by Seth101 Reply
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  • There’s no way they will have 3 consecutive World Cups in the Northern Hemisphere

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.03.15 10:19:10 by Ludz Reply

  • I’m really hoping we get it, but a strong US bid would be hard to beat.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.03.15 10:28:29 by PTAShark Reply
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  • If aus may not host so shouldn’t france

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.03.15 10:32:42 by BR Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : I agree but with the World Cup being in Japan in 2019 I would like to see it in a settled rugby nation , give the smaller nations every second World Cup you don’t want to take the hosting totally away from the so called bigger nations

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.03.15 10:35:31 by BR Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 2) : It’s WR so you would never know but they shouldn’t

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.03.15 10:36:52 by BR Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : Seconded

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.03.15 11:11:24 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @BR (Comment 4) : I think with Aus/Nzl it’s a case being next to ea other? 03/11

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.03.15 11:23:13 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • ‘It will be 28 years since Nelson Mandela handed the trophy to Francois Pienaar’… Well there’s a depressing thought, many of the squad for that world cup probably won’t even have been born in 1995. Getting old sucks 🙁

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.03.15 11:32:40 by NielRoss Reply

  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : I think the USA has had every opportunity to grow the game, same as soccer / football, with very little inroads really being made. Of course Im probably totally wrong.

    I would love it to go to Russia / Eastern Europe – lots of big, strong, sporting types hanging around there.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.03.15 11:47:28 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • The last time SARU went to tender for the RWC they ended up with the Southern Spears problem

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.03.15 12:12:59 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Ugh! I’ll start thinking about this in 2018 or 2019…

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.03.15 12:22:32 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 11) : 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.03.15 12:46:53 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 10) : A lot of schools in the US play rugby. The problem is that the best rugby players get drafted into the NFL because there is far more money there.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.03.15 12:48:55 by Ben Reply
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  • Interesting situation should we win the bid. Will we use the current rugby stadiums or the football stadiums that were built for the 2010 world Cup?

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.03.15 12:50:34 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 14) : They are such a massive country with a massive population so there should surely be enough participants for both codes.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.03.15 13:38:49 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 16) : Do you know how big 1 NFL squad is? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.03.15 13:48:39 by Ben Reply
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  • No idea 😳 . How many?

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.03.15 13:50:58 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 17) : Anyway they should ban that “game” and only allow rugby to be played.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.03.15 13:51:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • There are 32,754 males and 11,790 females playing senior-level rugby.Over 34,000 high school athletes (26,212 male and 8,706 female) play rugby for their schools or U19 clubs. Over 2,200 pre-teens (1,988 male and 228 female) play organized rugby. With over 20,000 registered females in USA Rugby, the U.S. has more female rugby players than any other country in the world.There are 1,582 referees within USA Rugby.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.03.15 13:55:24 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : 53 players on 1 squad.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.03.15 13:55:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : They should let all the women in the US that are playing rugby now play in the NFL. All the men should play rugby. Sounds fair to me. 😎 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.03.15 13:57:46 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : And there are 32 NFL teams in the US. 32 times 53.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.03.15 14:01:38 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 23) : Just about 1700.

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.03.15 14:05:06 by Ben Reply
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  • Rugby is the fastest growing team sport in the US though.

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.03.15 14:06:20 by Ben Reply
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  • Rugby is definitely growing in the US, and games like the All Blacks vs US game played in Chicago which was on free to air, will definitely help with exposure. There’s actually two different outfits trying to start professional leagues in the US this year. But the vast majority still have no clue about the game. I was recently in a bar in Miami and was watching the Sharks game and most of the patrons had no idea what sport it was, one kid asked his dad what it was and he replied “it’s some australian sport.” I think once they have a successful professional league set up and going then give them the World Cup, not before hand.

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.03.15 16:15:11 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 26) : And the fact that they play ‘rugby league’ as well doesn’t help. They should pick one and stick with it.

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.03.15 16:27:01 by Ben Reply
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  • Rugby definitely is growing in terms of participation and viewership in the US. But slowly. Rugby 7s is particularly popular now and is on free to air tv (the fact it’s an Olympic code will now increase that). The real heartland of rugby 15s is at College level.

    However the vast majority have no clue about rugby. A world cup in the US would see the growth increase in momentum. Similar to the growth in soccer after the US hosted the world cup in the 90s. Slow and steady growth but growth nonetheless. The US now regularly compete for last 16 and quarter final places in this tournament (and are ranked far higher than our own jokers).

    Italy have also just announced their intention to bid for ’23. Again this would be highly positive for Italy’s development. And being so close to the rest of the 6 Nations, very convenient.

    However I feel with the RWC in Japan in ’19 the IRB will award the ’23 world cup to an established nation and in that regard SA is the obvious candidate seeing that it’s our ‘turn’.

    Depending on the success of Japan ’19 (profit) I feel the next RWC in ’27 would be given to an emerging nation. USA or Italy, or possibly but less likely Argentina.

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.03.15 22:16:28 by Feather Reply

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  • 2023 ?

    I don`t think I`ll lose much sleep over this decision . . . What are the chances I`ll still be alive?! 😯

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.03.15 23:17:07 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Yes bring on 2023!!!!! Wonder if Matfield will still be playing?

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.03.15 19:35:26 by JD Reply
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