Wear GREEN this Friday, in support of the RWC 2023 Bid campaign

Wear GREEN this Friday, in support of the RWC 2023 Bid campaign

South Africans and all  Government officials are  being urged to wear green this Friday (10 November 2017) to boost the country’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

World Rugby announced last Tuesday that South Africa had produced a “superb bid” and was the “clear leader” on a competitive tendering process to host the tournament. The Rugby World Cup Ltd board – which includes the chairman, deputy chairman and CEO of World Rugby – unanimously supported the recommendation.

  The final decision lies in the hands of the World Rugby Council who will vote on the recommendation in London on November 15. 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,  therefore my Department urges all South Africans to wear green  this Friday in preparation of the final announcement next week Wednesday. 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 therefore would urge all South Africans to wear their Springbok jerseys on Friday this week and the following Friday as well as on D-Day –Wednesday, 15 November – to show their eagerness and excitement to welcome the Rugby World Cup back to South Africa. If you don’t have a Springbok jersey yet, wear green, Indicated Minister TW Nxesi. 

 “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.


“There are now just one week to go until the final decision and we are asking the country to get behind us in this scrum and help push us over the line.

 “There was plenty of enthusiasm around news of the recommendation – let us not miss the opportunity to show the world just how excited we are.”

 Those eligible to vote in the secret ballot on 15 November are: Australia (3 votes), England (3), New Zealand (3), Scotland (3), Wales (3), Italy (3), Argentina (3), Canada (1), Japan (2), Georgia (1), Romania (1), USA (1), Asia Rugby (2), Oceania Rugby (2), Rugby Africa (2), Rugby Americas North (2), Rugby Europe (2), Sudamerica Rugby (2).

 The final decision will be announced at approximately 13h00 (SA time) on 15 November.  

 Joint media statement by SA Rugby Communications and Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa

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