8 May 2009

South Africa confirm bid to host rugby World Cup again

12:18 pm on 8 May 2009

South Africa officials want to stage the Rugby World Cup 20 years after hosting the 'Nelson Mandela' final in which they beat the All Blacks.

SARU's president Oregan Hoskins has confirmed that South Africa have formally bid to run the 2015 or 2019 of the tournament.

Winning the 2015 bid against expected opposition from England, Italy and Japan would bring the Rugby World Cup back to South Africa on the 20th anniversary of a tournament that reached far beyond sport.

President Mandela wore a replica shirt of Springbok captain Francois Pienaar to the final and presented the trophy after an extra-time drop goal gave the hosts a 15-12 win on their first appearance.

A movie about the tournament, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, is being shot in Cape Town.