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Today is D-Day for South Africa and our chances to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Mense have been urged to wear green and gold today to show their support for the bid to host the games for the second time.

The final decision lies in the hands of the World Rugby Council members who will vote by secret ballot on the recommendation in London today.

France finished second and Ireland third in the evaluation process, but the two European nations have vowed to fight back to try and overturn the recommendation.

“We are within touching distance of realising a long-held dream to host the Rugby World Cup once again,” said Minister of Sport and Recreation Thulas Nxesi.

“But we cannot falter just short of the finishing line and we need to send a clear message to the World Rugby Council that South Africa is ready and excited to host the most memorable Rugby World Cup tournament there has ever been.

“I would urge all South Africans to wear their Springbok jerseys or something green and gold [today] - to show their eagerness and excitement to welcome the Rugby World Cup back to South Africa.”

APPEAL: Wear green and gold

President of SA Rugby, Mark Alexander, added: “There is no more visible way of showing the nation’s support for this bid than by wearing their Springbok colours.”

The announcement is scheduled for approximately 3pm local time and will be broadcast live on SuperSport (Channel 201).

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