PRETORIA, The South African government has urged the public to wear green on Wednesday in support of the country's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup tournament as the hotly anticipated final announcement on the host nation is made in London at around 3pm South African time (1300 hours UTC).
Government therefore takes this opportunity to urge members of the public and the media this Wednesday to wear green in support of the Rugby World Cup 2023 announcement and further, said the Department of Sport and Recreation on Tuesday.
The final decision on which country will host the spectacle 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. The three bidding countries -- South Africa, France and Ireland -- do not vote.
Those eligible to vote and the number of votes in Wednesday's secret ballot are Australia, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, Italy, and Argentina, each with three votes. Countries with two votes each are Japan, Asia Rugby, Oceania Rugby, Rugby Africa, Rugby Americas North, Rugby Europe, Sudamerica Rugby. Georgia, Romania, the United States and Canada have one vote each.
The government's high-powered delegation, headed by Deputy President Ramaphosa, Minister of Sport and Recreation Thulas Nxesi and SA Rugby President Mark Alexander are in London, where the final announcement will be made.
Two weeks ago, South Africa's bid in London was named as the clear leader and unanimous choice by the Rugby World Cup board to host the tournament.
In South Africa, the announcement will be broadcast live on SuperSport (Channel 201). The public can watch the announcement at Sammy Marks Square in Pretoria from 12.30 pm and the area is expected to be jam-packed with activities inclusive of artists' performance, dances and various speakers.
Deputy President Ramaphosa led the Rugby World Cup Bid Team SA to London in September 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.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK