SA unlikely to bid for 2027 and 2031 Rugby World Cups


Springboks (Getty Images)


Springboks (Getty Photos)

  • It is extremely unlikely that both the 2027 or 2031 Rugby World Cups might be hosted by South Africa.
  • A report signifies that South Africa can now not afford to host the event.
  • South Africa regarded set to be awarded the rights to host the 2023 occasion, however was pipped on the final hurdle by France.

The probabilities seem slim that SA Rugby will bid for the rights to host the 2027 and 2031 Rugby World Cups.

Rapport indicated on Sunday that South Africa can now not afford to host the worldwide showpiece.

South Africa regarded set to be awarded the rights to host the 2023 occasion, however was pipped on the final hurdle by France.

This determination in November 2017 got here as a significant shock after World Rugby had beforehand named South Africa because the beneficial hosts following an unbiased audit.

However the World Rugby Council then voted for France, who obtained 24 votes in comparison with South Africa’s 15 within the second spherical of voting, whereas Eire was eradicated within the first spherical.

SA Rugby’s bids to host the 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Cups had been additionally unsuccessful.

“The federal government is not going to presently have the ability to safe the assure of R2 billion, which was final required by World Rugby,” a supply advised the Afrikaans publication when requested if SA Rugby may bid once more.

“Not now with the state of the economic system, and particularly not with what the economic system will appear to be after the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Australia seems more likely to be awarded the rights to host the 2027 World Cup, whereas the 2031 event may head to the USA.

South Africa has hosted one Rugby World Cup – in 1995 – when the Springboks received the Webb Ellis Cup on the first time of asking.

– Compiled by Sport24 employees



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