The United States has been confirmed to host both the 2031 Men’s Rugby World Cup and the 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cup, as World Rugby sets the agenda for the next 11 years.
The announcement came on Thursday in Dublin, with Australia set to host the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup, the 2027 Men’s Rugby World Cup and the 2029 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Australia and the United States have been announced as the double hosts for both matches, the first time in two years that World Rugby – the governing body of the game – has hosted two major matches in the same country as part of a new strategy. The results were announced last November.
“Today, we host three exceptional Rugby World Cups – England, Australia and the United States – providing unprecedented determination and unparalleled opportunity to accelerate the growth and impact of rugby worldwide.
“Today is an important moment for the game, and an exciting development for the fans. I would like to congratulate all those involved in making this dream come true as we look forward to delivering a truly global game to all.”
Following on from the 2023 Men’s World Cup in France, England will host the 2025 Women’s World Cup (previously held in 2010), and is poised to increase the number of qualifying teams from 12 to 16.
The 2027 Men’s World Cup in Australia continues in the Northern Hemisphere (2015 England, 2019 Japan, 2023 France) and their bid is ahead of Argentina, while Russia withdrew in December 2020. This is the second time Australia has hosted the Men’s World Cup. Cup after 2003, it will be held from September 10 to October 23, 2027.
Following the 2021 World Cup delay in New Zealand in October 2022, the 2029 World Cup will be hosted by women for the second time in the Southern Hemisphere.
The announcement comes after World Rugby reaffirmed that both world rugby will enter into “exclusive discussions” with the United States over hosting global rugby events in 2031 and 2033. The United States was initially interested in hosting the 2027 Men’s Games but turned their attention to 2031, giving them enough time to make their plans better.
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President Joe Biden announced his support for the US initiative in April and said the government guarantees needed to hold such a competition would be “enforced by competent and authoritative officials.” Biden said he expects the government to help “deliver the most successful Rugby World Cups in history.” The world rugby talk about the nine-year runway gives them enough time to change the game in the United States as they prepare to host the biggest events in rugby.
Sources told ESPN that the men’s competition will continue in October-November 2031, with the US bidding for two matches in 25 future host cities, including NFL Stadiums: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Birmingham, Alabama; Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Nashville, Tennessee; New York / New Jersey; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; San Diego; San Francisco Bay Area; In Seattle; Washington DC
Rose Young, CEO of USA Rugby, said: “While expressing our sincere gratitude for the trust and approval of World Rugby for our vision to expedite the development of this incredible sport across the country, I speak on behalf of the rugby community and fans across the United States.
“USA rugby is entering a new era and the most treasured event in the sport is to ensure that rugby is a lasting, sustainable passion and passion building board from the beach to the beach. , Set a precedent for setting a precedent for the development of our game around the world. “
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