South Africans are being urged to wear green this Wednesday, 15 November to show their support of South Africa to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The final decision lies in the hands of the World Rugby Council who will vote on the recommendation in London on Wednesday, 15 November. France finished second and Ireland third in the evaluation process. Both nations have said they will attempt to overturn the recommendation.
“We are within touching distance of realising a long-held dream to host the Rugby World Cup once again,” said Mr Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Sport and Recreation, South Africa.
“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.
“That is why we are calling on all South Africans to unite behind this wonderful, nation-building event that will also bring significant economic, emotional and inspirational benefits to our country.
“I would urge all South Africans to wear their Springbok jerseys or something green and gold this Wednesday, 15 November – to show their eagerness and excitement to welcome the Rugby World Cup back to South Africa.”
“There is no more visible way of showing the nation’s support for this bid than by wearing their Springbok colours,” said Mr Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby.
“We want to turn green the factories, the schools, shops and offices and malls of South Africa each week to underline the message to the Rugby World Cup board that South Africa is the best choice to host the 2023 tournament.
The final decision is expected to be announced at approximately 15h00 (SA time) on 15 November.