RWC 2023: SA Rugby President Mark Alexander Says National Tour of World Cup Trophy in 2024 Possible

RWC 2023: SA Rugby President Mark Alexander Says National Tour of World Cup Trophy in 2024 Possible

  • The president of SA Rugby, Mark Alexander, gave reasons why the Rugby World Cup winners and the trophy will only tour five cities
  • He pointed out that Johannesburg, Tshwane, Durban, Cape Town and East London have a lot of people whom they can reach in a short time frame and said that a nationwide tour is not ruled out
  • South Africans refused to accept the reason and slammed SA Rugby for sidelining the rest of the country

With eight years at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News, Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News journalist, provided coverage of current affairs, shedding light on sports-related news, events and developments in the sports sector.

SA Rugby President Mark Alexander revealed why only five cities would get to see the Web Ellis Cup
South Africans rejected SA Rugby's Mark Alexander's reasons for choosing five cities. Images: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images and Guillem Sartorio/AFP via Getty Images
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SA Rugby's president, Mark Alexander, explained why only five cities were chosen for the Springbok World Cup Trophy tour. Alexander pointed out that the cities that were selected have a large population of people and added that the possibility of a nationwide tour is still on the cards. This explanation was unsatisfactory, as South Africans still didn't understand why only five cities were selected.

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Five cities were chosen for a reason: Alexander

Alexander spoke ahead of the Springboks' arrival at the OR Tambo airport, where they will rest for one day before starting the Webb Ellis trophy tour on Thursday (2 November). IOL reported that the purpose of choosing these cities was demographics. He remarked that they wanted to reach as many people as possible quickly to give the players a chance to rest before setting off to their respective clubs.

Nationwide tour a possibility

He also spoke at length about the importance of the Eastern Cape as one of the destinations. Alexander pointed out that the Eastern Cape played a significant role in developing black rugby in the country. He also said that the possibility that the Bokke will visit other provinces is not off the table. He also hinted that there might be a special event for the Springboks in the Eastern Cape but did not give more information.

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South Africans reject the reason

Netizens on Facebook were dissatisfied with the reasons.

Bopape Emmanuel Rabutla said:

“They go to where politicians dominate. Go to Alexander, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KZN, especially rural areas.”

Motsamai Malefane remarked:

“Three cities in one province. Unfair. At least they could have chosen one city out of all the provinces!”

Rita Ramnath added:

“Not fair. Every town has die-hard Springbok supports. At least pass through these towns to acknowledge our support.”

Lindandi Tshabalala noted:

“We support you as a country, but you only celebrate with your favourite provinces.”

Webb Ellis trophy tour to pass five cities only

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that South Africans were livid that the Springboks World Cup trophy tour would only pass through five cities.

The winners will drive through Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Tshwane and East London. South Africans wanted to know why they weren't planning on visiting other provinces, as the whole country supported the Springboks.

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Source: Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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