Rugby World Cup board recommends South Africa as RWC 2023 host

  • Process redesigned to promote best-possible candidate
  • World Rugby Council to make final decision on 15 November
  • The evaluation report can be accessed in full HERE.
The Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board has unanimously recommended to the World Rugby Council the selection of South Africa as Rugby World Cup 2023 host.

The World Rugby Council will now meet on 15 November in London to consider the recommendation and vote on the next host.

The Board made its recommendation following detailed consideration of the comprehensive host candidate evaluation report. In line with World Rugby’s mission to deliver a ground-breaking, rigorous and fully transparent host selection process for its showcase event, the report is being published as agreed by Council.

“This is the first Rugby World Cup host selection to take place following a complete redesign of the bidding process to promote greater transparency and maximise World Rugby's hosting objectives," said World Rugby and Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bill Beaumont.

“The comprehensive and independently scrutinised evaluation reaffirmed that we have three exceptional bids but it also identified South Africa as a clear leader based on performance against the key criteria, which is supported by the Board in the recommendation.

“I would like to congratulate South Africa on a superb bid and all the bid teams for their dedication and professionalism throughout the process to date. Our colleagues on the World Rugby Council will now meet on 15 November in London to consider the Board’s recommendation and vote to decide the host of Rugby World Cup 2023.” 

The evaluation of the detailed bid submissions has been led by a team of World Rugby and external area experts. 

Independent auditors will oversee the process and the vote on 15 November, which will comprise a total of 39 votes, with a simple majority required to select the Rugby World Cup 2023 host.



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