In a little over two months, on November 17th, World Rugby will decide who hosts the 2023 RWC.
Here at The 1014 we have been asking the question about who should host it. We have asked people to take their patriotic hat off and come to the table with ideas. By and large, this has been well received and the feedback has been excellent. The following outlines some of the ideas that have been put forward.
Banker, chancer, banker, chancer
There was an interesting proposal from long time commentator thomas huey on our YouTube channel, who after taking his Irish hat off suggests, “the allocation of venues usually goes banker, chancer, banker, chancer. Remember RWC still has to fund the world game. So a smaller RWC (NZ) or new chance/explorative venue (Japan) is usually followed by a big banker venue to fill the coffers – France, England, SA.“.
The argument here is that Ireland may not be able to generate enough revenue, certainly at the gate, as their stadia are smaller than those in SA or France. But I can’t imagine there would be an empty seat at any match. The WRWC that was just held there was a testament to Ireland and what they can achieve.
Add to this Owen Issac making an interesting point with regards to Ireland’s geographical location, “As going from England to Japan and then to Ireland, the proximity of the UK for 2 out of 3 World Cups may not be favourable to their bid.”, and there will be concerns for the Irish.
The one thing that will not concern the Irish or World Rugby is the ability to make the World Cup a success. The Emerald Isle would thrive on the world stage. And as thomas huey also suggested, “it’d be the biggest thing for Irish grass roots rugby ever.”
it’d be the biggest thing for Irish grass roots rugby ever.
House in order
Looking at the South African feedback we are seeing there is also a split in confidence. Russell McLaren has this to say, “As a South African fan, I can truly say that we are in no position to host a world cup. Our house is simply not in order. We need to focus on making a comeback in world rugby and simply cannot afford the distraction of a world cup.“. I feel this is a good point, but to what extent would it impact the national team? Perhaps more than we would imagine, perhaps not? But it is interesting nonetheless.
On the flip side, Donovan Maidens makes a good argument for South Africa. He mentions the size of the stadia and interestingly, tourism. “Times are tough and with South Africans exchange rate so favourable for foreign tourists it does make the trip a lot more affordable.“. He goes on to say, very diplomatically that, “I think both countries have more to offer than just the Rugby games.“. And he is spot on, both countries have a hell of a lot to offer.
The third wheel
It is interesting that out of all the feedback we have received no one is really banking on the French. Perhaps this is in their favour, as we all know, they usually rise to the occasion at World Cup time! I guess to a certain extent, the banker, chancer, banker analogy leans towards the French. This said, should they be able to host it so soon after hosting the 2007 event?
For me, history plays a big part in World Cups and the way they have been allocated is no different. Until the Japanese World Cup, it had alternated between the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. It is this fact that makes me believe that South Africa is in with a really solid chance of hosting it. The big thing I think that will go against them is the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The fiasco of Durban obtaining the rights to these and then being stripped of them will not be forgotten easily.
The Irish did such a wonderful job of the WRWC that if there were any doubts, which I doubt there were, they were put to bed. The success of that event can’t be overstated. Add to this the infrastructure that is already in place, the perceived security risk that may be associated with South Africa and the proximity to big viewing numbers on both sides of the Atlantic and you have a great bid.
The French, although being able to run World Cups successfully have, in my opinion, too recently held it. I suspect that will count against them.
Will it be a glasses of Pinotage, pints of Guinness or flutes of Champagne being toasted come November 17th?
Let us know your thoughts.
From The Shed
If you haven’t checked out our WRWC review then get into it. So much quality on display it was insane. And a genuine success for the Emerald Isle.
Author: Steven Prescott
I am a total sports fanatic; it is as simple as that. I love all sports, and when I’m not sitting at my computer living my dream with The 1014, I am planning adventures. The last time I did this I ended up convincing my wife to cycle 26,125km across three continents, and 22 countries with me as part of the Pedalling Prescotts.