The possibilities are exhausted and what seemed like a dream gradually disappears like a leaf that flutters in autumn. South Africa loses ground to host the 2027 or 2031 World Cups. According to the South African media Rappor, the country of the Springboks seemed destined to receive the rights to host the 2023 event but France overcame it at the last hurdle.
In November 2017, the Africans launched into the race to organize a World Cup and with the endorsement of World Rugby, which called it a “recommended host”, the dream began to touch reality. However, later at the rugby popes council meeting, France received 24 votes compared to 15 for South Africa in the second round of voting. In the first round, Ireland fell by the wayside.
“Currently the government will not be able to ensure the guarantee of R2 billion (NdeR: 115 million US dollars) which is what World Rugby requires,” a source told the South African media when talking about the 2027 or 2031 World Cup. The country presented offers to organize the highest oval sport event in 2011, 2015 and 2019, which were also unsuccessful. “With the state of the economy and how everything will be when this happens, this is not the time,” they assured the South African media.
Inside doors of Word Rugby it is said – according to the versions of that same medium – that the rights to host the 2027 World Cup will remain in the hands of Australia while the 2031 event could be held for the first time in the United States.