South Africa will bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela presenting the 1995 Rugby World Cup trophy to Francois Pienaar, former captain of the Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team

South Africa was joined by Italy, France, United States and Ireland at the briefing, with their delegation including sports minister Fikile Mbalula and Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

“It was an extremely useful session and has redoubled our determination to bring the tournament back to South Africa for the first time since 1995,” South African Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement on Friday.

“The fact that our delegation included South Africa’s sports minister and the leader of all our sports federations shows how serious we are about compiling a bid that will be irresistible to World Rugby.”

“We know there will be stiff competition, having bid for the past three tournaments to be awarded, but we also know we have a compelling offering for the world game and its followers.”

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