South Africa Top 2023 Evaluation Report

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1 November 2017

After the delivery of the most detailed evaluation report that World Rugby has ever seen, the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) board has unanimously recommended that the World Rugby Council select South Africa as hosts of Rugby World Cup 2023.

The three bids were thoroughly assessed by technical experts from inside and outside World Rugby and each given a weighted score so as to compare and evaluate proposals in key criteria. South Africa received a weighted score of 78.97%, France 75.88% and Ireland 72.25%.

This recommendation is not the final word on the subject as the World Rugby Council will now meet on 15 November in London to consider the recommendation and conduct a secret ballot to vote on the 2023 host.

The evaluation of the detailed bid submissions has been led by a team of World Rugby and external area experts. This was supported throughout by stringent independent evaluation and analysis from The Sports Consultancy – the major event specialists who advise rights holders and hosts - to ensure evidence-based objectivity and consistent application against a set of weighted scoring criteria based on the following World Rugby objectives:

• Venues and infrastructure commensurate with a top-tier major event

• Comprehensive and enforceable public and private sector guarantees

• A commercially successful event with a fully funded, robust financial model

• Operational excellence through an integrated and experienced delivery team

• A vision that engages and inspires domestic and international audiences and contributes to the growth of rugby at all levels

• An enabling environment

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