Biennial World Cup is an “interesting concept”, says World Rugby boss

PARIS: Alan Gilpin, Managing Director of World Rugby (Photo) said that holding the Rugby World Cup every two years instead of every four is an “interesting concept”, but that all stakeholders should have their say before the idea is even considered.

The comments come after world football’s governing body pitched the idea of ​​a biennial World Cup, with the FIFA congress voting to conduct a feasibility study on the proposal.

Japan hosted the last World Cup in 2019 and France is expected to host the next edition of rugby’s flagship event in two years.

Gilpin, World Rugby President Bill Beaumont and France 2023 Managing Director Claude Atcher met in Paris this week, and the Telegraph reported that hosting a biennial World Cup was on the agenda. of the day.

“The biennial World Cups have already been considered and it is certainly something that we will continue to consider,” Gilpin said, as quoted by The Telegraph. Monday.

“It’s an interesting concept, especially when you also think about the global development of women’s football.

“But the men’s calendar is very crowded and complex, with many different stakeholders, and we need to make sure we engage with all of them before we consider a World Cup every two years.” – Reuters

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