As World Rugby sets the agenda for the next 11 years, it has been confirmed that the United States will host both the 2031 Men’s Rugby World Cup and the 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The announcement was made in Dublin on Thursday, after which Australia will 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 were announced as the twin hosts of both matches, and for the first time in two years the world rugby – the board of directors of the game – hosted two major matches in the same country as part of a new strategy. The exam results were released last November.
“Today we host three extraordinary Rugby World Cups – England, Australia and the United States – representing an unprecedented determination and opportunity to accelerate the growth and influence of rugby around the world.
“Today is an important moment for the game and an exciting development for the fans. I would like to congratulate everyone who helped make this dream come true, and we look forward to delivering a truly global game to all.
Following the 2023 Men’s World Cup in France, England are set to host the 2025 Women’s World Cup (previously held in 2010) and increase the number of qualified teams from 12 to 16.
The 2027 Men’s World Cup in Australia continues in the Northern Hemisphere (England 2015, Japan 2019, France 2023), and their effort is ahead of Argentina, while Russia exited in December 2020. This is the second time Australia has hosted the Men’s World Cup. After 2003 the Cup will be held from September 10 to October 23, 2027.
Following the delay of the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand in October 2022, the 2029 World Cup will be hosted for the second time in the Southern Hemisphere.
The announcement comes after World Rugby reaffirmed that the two rugby worlds will enter into “exclusive talks” with the United States to host global rugby events in 2031 and 2033. The United States was initially interested in hosting the men’s games in 2027, but turned their attention to 2031 to give them enough time to refine their plans.
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President Joe Biden announced his support for the US initiative in April, saying the government guarantees needed to hold such a competition would be “enforced by competent and authoritative officials.” Biden said he hoped the government would help “deliver the most successful Rugby World Cups in history”. The nine-year career of World Rugby Speakers gives them enough time to change the game in the United States as they prepare to host the biggest events of rugby.
Sources told ESPN that the men’s competition will continue in October-November 2031, with the United States bidding for two games 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 Fla .; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; San Diego; San Francisco Bay Area; In Seattle; Washington DC
Rose Young, CEO of USA Rugby, said: “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to World Rugby for its vision and support for promoting the development of this incredible sport across the country, and on behalf of the rugby community and fans.
“American rugby is now entering a new era and the greatest achievement of the game is to ensure that rugby is a lasting, lasting passion and a board that generates an interest from beach to beach.
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