Australia for Rugby World Cup 2027 named preferred candidate to host tournament

Australia is set to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup after World Rugby announced this morning that it is its “preferred candidate” to host the men’s tournament.

Australia had clashed with the United States for the hosting rights, but Americans now appear likely to host in 2031 instead.

It will be the first time Australia has hosted the World Cup since 2003, when England beat the Wallabies in a thrilling final.

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“This is a huge step forward in our ambitions to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup and to relaunch the game in Australia,” said Rugby Australia President Hamish McLennan.

“Throughout this process, we have been convinced that the time has come to bring the Rugby World Cup back to our shores.

“The Rugby Australia team have been working hard on this for several years and today’s announcement is a great reward for those efforts … sure pair of hands and the obvious choice to host RWC 2027.

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“This is a once in a generation opportunity and we are now closer than ever to making this dream a reality.”

RA will now work in an exclusive partnership with World Rugby to further develop the tournament model, ahead of a final World Rugby board vote in May next year.

“We now have the opportunity over the next few months to work with our colleagues at World Rugby to develop the optimal model for hosting the 2027 Rugby World Cup in a way that will help foster the continued growth of the game not only by Australia, but in our region and around the world, ”said RA Managing Director Andy Marinos.

“Hosting the world’s third largest sporting event will not only reposition Australia on the sport map and boost our economy, but also provide us with the opportunity to showcase our country once again…

“We realize that there is still a lot of work to be done and we will certainly not rest on our laurels.”

RA predicts the tournament will attract more than two million fans over seven weeks, including 200,000 international visitors, and generate $ 2.5 billion in direct and indirect spending for the economy.

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