Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to return to London as he leads Team South Africa to the World Rugby Council announcement of the 2023 Rugby World Cup host venue.
The announcement is scheduled to take place in London on Wednesday.
In September, Ramaphosa led the South African Rugby World Cup bid team when it presented its case to host the 2023 tournament which will take place 200 years after the invention of the game of rugby by William Webb Ellis.
— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) September 25, 2017
“The South African bid has subsequently been named as the “clear leader” and “unanimous” choice of the Rugby World Cup board to host the 2023 tournament. This follows an exhaustive tendering, clarification and evaluation process. Contenders France and Ireland were rated second and third respectively,” acting spokesperson to the deputy president Tyrone Seale said.
The final decision reportedly rests with 26 World Rugby Council members who collectively exercise 39 votes and among whom a simple majority is required to secure the hosting rights.
“Ramaphosa’s participation and leadership in this visit will once more demonstrate government’s support for and commitment to the effort to return the tournament to the African continent in the 21st century.”