SA rugby remains hopeful of bidding for the 2023 World Cup.
This after government banned the union – for failing to meet transformation targets – from launching bids in the next 12 months for any major international events.
General Manager for Corporate Affairs Andy Colquhoun has said SA Rugby would engage with Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on whether Saru will be allowed to push ahead with its bid plans.
Hosting rights since the first tournament in 1987 have alternated between Europe and the rest of the world, meaning that any decision to hold the World Cup in South Africa in 2023 would be a break with tradition. Ireland, France and Italy also want to host the competition.