Monday 16 July 2018

South Africa not surprise favourites: Duncan

Cheetahs head coach Rory Duncan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Cheetahs head coach Rory Duncan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

John Fallon

South Africa will host a super Rugby World Cup in 2023 which will be well supported, according to the head coach of the Cheetahs side participating in the PRO14, writes John Fallon.

Rory Duncan said that they were confident on the ground in South Africa they would be successful in their bid to host the 2023 tournament, and that yesterday's announcement that the country was the preferred choice was not a surprise.

"I was pretty confident in South Africa's bid and we obviously backed it from the beginning. I took it for granted that we would be strong candidates," said Duncan in Galway ahead of his side's clash with Connacht on Saturday.

He said that the FIFA World Cup in 2010 was a huge success and that South Africa would stage a great tournament in 2023 if it is awarded the opportunity.

"For South Africa to host a Rugby World Cup, it was something that brought the nation together back in 1995, and another opportunity to host a competition of that magnitude would be great.

"We have got fantastic facilities, you won't be short of support for the competition in South Africa," he added.

Meanwhile, Duncan said that the return of Munster coach Rassie Erasmus to South Africa as director of rugby was another huge boost for the country.

"Rassie coming back is probably one of the best things for South African rugby. He was my coach when I played for the Cheetahs and he is a very clever man, a good coach and, as director of rugby, I think he will do great things for South African rugby.

"We are very happy to have him back and he is going add a lot of value to the franchises and I can tell you now when he lands in South Africa we will be the first ones knocking on his door."

Duncan said that incoming Munster coach Johann van Graan will bring a lot of qualities to the job and he expects him to be a success.

"He has proven to be a valuable asset to the Springboks. He is known for his work ethic and his knowledge with the Springboks, so I think he will add a lot of value to Munster," added Duncan.

Irish Independent

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