While last year was a forgettable one, Saru president Mark Alexander said the coaching indabas, a new-look Bok management team and the goal of hosting the 2023 World Cup are big steps in the right direction as well as a Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign plan.
While the controversial Super Rugby issue of whether to cut the Cheetahs and Kings was also discussed, it won’t be finalised until the governing body of Sanzaar has made the call.
The decline of the Boks to an all-time low world ranking of seventh remained the biggest issue.
“The fortunes of our business are chiefly determined by one overriding factor: the performance of the flagship team,” said Alexander.
While there’s a possibility the Boks could move some of their home Tests outside the country, it’s still a work in progress.
Alexander said he was optimistic they would receive clearance to submit a formal bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023 as well as the government’s financial support.
“Hosting the Rugby World Cup for the second time in 28 years is imperative both for our game and our country,” he said.
“We offer World Rugby the chance to put on a highly profitable and unforgettable tournament in unbeatable stadiums and conditions.
“We have shown our hunger and passion for the tournament by bidding for the 2011, 2015 and 2019 events. We are ready.”