SA faces World Cup heartbreak

Rugby World Cup Ltd will recommend to the IRB that England and Japan host the 2015 and 2019 tournaments respectively.

With the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand expected to make a loss, the IRB has to stage the 2015 tournament in a country where it can maximise profits – and England fits the bill perfectly. Japan, which many expected to be awarded the 2011 event, will play hosts in 2019, in a move to develop new rugby markets.

South Africa, however, has again failed in its bid to host the World Cup for a second time and will now have to wait until at least 2023.

The recommendation of Rugby World Cup Ltd (which owns all rights associated with the tournament and is under the control of the IRB) comes after a comprehensive tender analysis process involving detailed technical and strategic evaluation and independent financial, commercial and legal analysis of each of the tenders.

‘All the tenders were of a very high standard and each union demonstrated that they could host an excellent Rugby World Cup. It is a tribute to the health of the game and the enormous prestige of the Rugby World Cup that the field was so strong,’ said RWCL chairman Bernard Lapasset.

‘Both Italy and South Africa submitted comprehensive tenders with very strong government support and would be capable of hosting outstanding Rugby World Cup tournaments now or in the future. I would like to thank and congratulate them both for the quality of their tenders. However, there could only be two recommended unions and after detailed review, the RWCL board decided that England and Japan would provide the best balanced combination of hosts for the continued worldwide development of the game.’

The recommendation on the 2015 and 2019 World Cup host unions is the culmination of an extensive analysis process that kicked off in August 2008. The 71-page recommendation report will now be sent to the IRB council for consideration before it officially selects the host unions at a special meeting in Dublin on 28 July.