The year 2019 promises to be an exciting year of sport especially with three world cups looming – the Cricket World Cup, the Rugby World Cup and the Women’s Soccer World Cup! Our soccer ladies, Banyana Banyana will be participating for the first time in such a tournament. What an extra special experience it will be for them. Let’s take a look at each of these three sporting events and our prospects at these tournaments.
First up is the Cricket World Cup taking place from May 30 to July 14 in England and Wales. The opening match will be played at The Oval in London, while the final will be played at Lord’s. This is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales. It was previously held in the region in 1975, 1979, 1983 and in 1999. Australia will be looking to defend their 2015 title. South Africa, meanwhile, will be looking to win their first title.
The Proteas’ best placements at the Cricket World Cup are the semi-finals which they reached in 1992, 1999, 2007 and in 2015. The Proteas are looking strong at the moment after a series victory in Australia. They are also ranked at number three in the world at the moment. That could change in the coming months as they continue to build up to the World Cup with a home series coming up against Pakistan. Let’s back our boys to get past the semi-final hurdle and into the final. Better yet, to lift the trophy!
Next is the Women’s Soccer World Cup taking place from June 7 until July 7 in France. The opening match will take place at Parc des Princes in Paris, while the final will take place at Stade de Lyon in Lyon. The United States are the defending champions. They have won the title three times – in 1991, 1999 and in 2015. Germany have won the title twice. These victories came in 2003 and in 2007.
Our ladies, Banyana, have qualified for the World Cup for the first time. They are currently ranked 48th in the world, but this ranking is sure to rise given how well they are playing at the moment. The Women’s Soccer World Cup will be a new experience for Banyana. With their determination, skill and grit we are sure they will give it their all and make South Africa proud!
Last, but certainly not least is the Rugby World Cup which will be held in Japan from September 20 to November 2. This is the first time the tournament will be held in Asia. It is also the first time that it will take place outside the traditional heartland of rugby. The opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo. The final will take place at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. The All Blacks (New Zealand) will be campaigning to defend their title. The Springboks will be looking to win their third Rugby World Cup title later on this year.
The Springboks famously won the Rugby World Cup when the tournament was held in South Africa in 1995. The Boks won their second title in France in 2007. The Springboks are currently ranked number five in the world. They are in a rebuilding phase heading into the tournament. Let’s back our men as they take on the world for their third world title.
Let’s stand behind our men and women in green and gold this year as they head to the world cups aiming to do our nation proud!
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