Australia, “preferred candidate” to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup

CANBERRA, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) – Australia is set to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup after being awarded preferred candidate status by the governing body.

World Rugby has announced that Australia’s bid to host the tournament has been granted “preferred candidate” status.

This means that Rugby Australia (RA) will work in an exclusive partnership with World Rugby to develop the tournament model ahead of the official vote in May.

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

“The Rugby Australia team have worked hard on this for several years and today’s announcement is a great reward for those efforts.

It will be the first time Australia has hosted the Rugby World Cup since 2003, when the Wallabies were beaten in the final by England.

Australia is now set to host three major international sporting events within 10 years, with the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 and the Olympics in 2032 already on lockdown.

The US was seen as Australia’s biggest rival for 2027 hosting rights, but will instead receive an “exclusive targeted dialogue” to host the tournament in 2031.

RA’s offer estimated that 200,000 international fans will travel to Australia for the World Cup, providing an economic benefit of A $ 2.5 billion (US $ 1.7 billion).

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