Australia likely to host Rugby World Cup 2027


Australia is the preferred candidate for Rugby WC 2027 Image: Populous

World Rugby has announced Australia as the ‘preferred candidate’ for Rugby World Cup 2027.

‘Rugby Australia’ stated that the announcement comes after a World Rugby Council meeting held on November 25th accepted a recommendation from the Rugby World Cup Limited Board to work exclusively with Australia on a hosting model for the event.

Dublin (Australia)-headquartered World Rugby is the world governing body for the sport of rugby union. World Rugby organizes the Rugby World Cup every four years, the sport’s most recognized and most profitable competition.

The Rugby World Cup is a men’s rugby union tournament contested every four years between the top international teams. The tournament is administered by World Rugby, the sport’s international governing body.

The 2027 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the 11th edition of the Rugby World Cup. It is scheduled to be held from September 10th to October 23rd.

Rugby Australia Limited, previously named the Australian Rugby Union Limited and Australian Rugby Football Union Limited, is an Australian company operating the premier rugby union competition in Australia and teams. It has its origins in 1949. It is a member of World Rugby.

The news was welcomed by Rugby Australia, with Chairman Hamish McLennan expressing his delight after their meetings in London (UK) at the start of November.

Stated McLennan, “This is a huge step forward in our ambitions to host Rugby World Cup 2027 and for rebooting the game in Australia. Throughout this process, we’ve held the genuine belief the time was right to bring the Rugby World Cup back to our shores. The team at Rugby Australia have worked hard on this for a number of years and today’s (November 25th) announcement is great reward for those efforts.”

Added McLennan, “Firstly, I’d like to thank Sir Rod Eddington, who was the first person I asked to join us on this journey, for his wise counsel, endless energy and good humor. I’d also like to thank the Rugby Australia Executive for their leadership, the broader staff at Rugby Australia and the bid team including Phil Kearns for their tireless efforts, as well as the ever-committed Rugby Australia Board for their support. In addition, I must thank the esteemed Rugby World Cup Bid Advisory Board for their strong stewardship, helpful advice and unwavering support throughout this bid process.”

He further added, “Through this hard work and thanks to the support of the Federal Government and strong engagement of our State and Territory Governments, we’ve been able to get to a position where we can demonstrate to World Rugby that we’re a safe pair of hands and the obvious choice to host Rugby World Cup 2027. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and we’re now closer than ever before to making that dream a reality. Game On for Australia 2027!”

‘Rugby Australia’ further stated that if successful, the event is projected to attract more than two million attendees across the seven weeks of competition, including 200,000 international visitors, generating $2.5 billion direct and indirect expenditure to the economy.

Rugby Australia confirmed they will now work in an exclusive partnership with World Rugby as they finalize a model for 2027, with the final World Rugby Council vote slated for May next year.

Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos added, “We welcome the endorsement of World Rugby Council today (November 25th) – we are appreciative of their support for our bid and the trust they have shown in endorsing Australia to move forward with World Rugby on an exclusive basis to finalize the delivery model. We now have the opportunity over the coming months to work with our colleagues at World Rugby to develop the optimal model for delivering Rugby World Cup 2027 in a way which will help foster the continued growth of the game not only in Australia, but in our region and globally.”

Continued Marinos, “The announcement is a testament to the incredible work of a lot of people at Rugby Australia over the last three years, since the organization first set its sights on hosting the tournament again. The hosting of the third-biggest global sporting event will not only reposition Australia on the sporting map and deliver a boost to our economy but provide us with an opportunity to showcase once again our magnificent country. I’d like to thank Alan Gilpin and the team at World Rugby for the way they have engaged throughout this process to date. It has been a collaborative approach with partnership and the best interests of rugby at its core.”

The head honcho further observed, “We’re conscious there is still much work to do and we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels. We look forward to continuing to work with World Rugby over the coming months to ensure we can deliver a compelling proposition for the Council’s consideration ahead of its final decision in May next year.”

Federal Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said Australia had an enviable reputation when it came to staging major international sporting events – “The Rugby World Cup 2027 would be yet another opportunity to showcase our strength as an international host. It is an exciting and ambitious prospect that will boost rugby across Australia as well as provide enormous economic benefits to our nation.”

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