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South Africa’s rugby union facing ban from bidding for 2023 World Cup

  • South Africa Rugby Union have been blocked from hosting international tournaments by their government
  • Cricket, athletics, and netball also banned from hosting tournaments
  • Government punished unions due to inability to meet race guidelines
The South African Rugby Union has failed to meet quotas for “transformation targets” which aim at ensuring that the 86% black majority of the population is reflected in teams.

Fikile Mbalula made the announcement after receiving a report on “transformation” in South Africa’s five biggest sports: rugby, cricket, football, athletics and netball.

The athletics and netball federations also were banned from bidding. Football was the only one to meet its target.

Now Ireland, Italy and Argentina appear to be the only three counties left in contention to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023