Ramaphosa off to London for RWC host announcement

Joe Schmidt already eyeing 2019 World Cup

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

South Africa's bid received the recommendation of the World Cup board's report, but that does not mean they are guaranteed to win the World Rugby council vote.

Had they been on the field of play - where rugby players distinguish themselves from footballers for their polite acceptance of the referee's decision - the Irish and French would have earned at least a sin-binning.

Ramaphosa will on Monday lead Team South Africa to London ahead of Wednesday's much anticipated announcement by World Rugby about the World Cup host.

South Africa hosted the iconic 1995 edition - which saw the first black president of the country, Nelson Mandela, adorned in a Springbok jersey, then seen as one of the pillars of white apartheid rule - handing the trophy to white South Africa captain Francois Pienaar.

South Africans are being urged to wear green this Wednesday (November 15) to show their support of South Africa to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The wait is nearly over for France, Ireland and South Africa as World Rugby prepares to anoint the 2023 Rugby World Cup host.

This follows an exhaustive tendering, clarification and evaluation process. The decision rested largely with the giants of worldwide rugby as Australia, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, Italy and Argentina received three votes each.

"The final decision rests with 26 World Rugby Council members who collectively exercise 39 votes and among whom a simple majority is required to secure the hosting rights".

The high-powered delegation will again include Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi, SA Rugby President Mark Alexander and Chief Executive Officer Jurie Roux, who laid out South Africa's technically and commercially compelling case to host the tournament.

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