World Rugby says South Africa is the preferred candidate for hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
The country still has to clear one final hurdle before the celebrations can begin.
The recommendation will now be put to the vote of the World Rugby Council in London on 15 November.
All three candidates (France, Ireland and South Africa) will appear on the ballot paper.
South Africa’s 827-page, 8.2kg bid book included a commitment from the South African government to exceed the minimum guarantee of £120 million required by World Rugby with an additional guarantee of £40 million.
SA Rugby forecasts another £60 million in profit for World Rugby from hospitality sales and savings on event costs because of the exchange rate.
The tournament promises the largest ever attendance for a final with a record 87 436 spectators at the FNB Stadium as part of the 2.9 million available match tickets for the event – also a record.
All the venues are already in place.
There is no need for extra infrastructure.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed SA Rugby’s Rugby World Cup 2023 Bid Leader Tsholo Kubheka.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).
We’re ready to host!— Tsholo Kubheka, SA Rugby
It’s a secret ballot.— Tsholo Kubheka, SA Rugby
It’s an economical bid.— Tsholo Kubheka, SA Rugby
An independent report… shows we’ll bring in between R27 billion and R37 billion…— Tsholo Kubheka, SA Rugby
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