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#RWC2023: Ramaphosa to lead team SA in UK ahead of host announcement

The South African bid has been named as the ‘clear leader’ and ‘unanimous’ choice of the Rugby World Cup board to host the 2023 tournament.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead team South Africa to the World Rugby Council in London on Monday, where the announcement of the Rugby World Cup 2023 host venue is set to be made.

The much-anticipated announcement is expected on Wednesday.

The South African bid has been named as the “clear leader” and “unanimous” choice of the Rugby World Cup board to host the 2023 tournament.

The country is competing against France and Ireland which have been rated second and third respectively.

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Tyrone Seale said: “Ramaphosa met the team in September, where it presented its case for 2023 tournament. The final decision rests with 26 World Rugby Council members who collectively exercise 39 votes and among whom a simple majority is required to secure a hosting right.”

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