JOHANNESBURG, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has left for London at the head of a delegation from Team South Africa (SA) for the announcement of the Ruby World Cup 2023 host venue.

The Team will be in London where they will wait with bated breath for the official announcement by World Rugby, the sports international governing body, on Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017.

The high-powered delegation will again include Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi, SA Rugby President Mark Alexander and Chief Executive Officer Jurie Roux, who laid out South Africa’s technically and commercially compelling case to host the tournament in September.

Ramaphosa led the Rugby World Cup Bid Team SA in September when it presented its case to host the 2023 tournament that will take place 200 years after the invention of the game of rugby by William Webb Ellis.

Following its bid, South Africa was named as the clear leader and unanimous choice of the Rugby World Cup board to host the 2023 tournament. This follows an exhaustive tendering, clarification and evaluation process. Contenders France and Ireland were rated second and third respectively.

The final decision 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 do not vote.

Those eligible to vote and the number of votes in the secret ballot on Nov 15 are Australia, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, Italy, 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, United States, Canada trail behind with one vote per country.

Ramaphosa’s participation and leadership in this visit will once more demonstrate the government’s support for and commitment to the effort to return the tournament to the African continent in the 21st century.