United States announced as hosts of Rugby World Cups 2031 and 2033
The United States has been confirmed as the host of the Men’s Rugby World Cup 2031 and the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2033 as World Rugby sets the schedule for the sport’s next 11 years.
The announcement was made in Dublin on Thursday, with England hosting the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup, and Australia announced as the destination for the 2027 Men’s Rugby World Cup and FIFA World Cup. women’s rugby 2029.
The announcement of Australia and the United States as dual hosts of the two competitions is the first time that World Rugby – the sport’s governing body – has awarded the two top-tier tournaments to the same country over a two-year period in as part of a new decision strategy announced last November.
“Today we approved three exceptional Rugby World Cup host countries – England, Australia and the United States – providing unprecedented certainty and an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate growth and development. impact of rugby globally. It’s great for rugby, for the fans and for the host nations,” said World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont.
“Today is a historic moment for the sport and an exciting development for the fans. I want to congratulate everyone who has helped make this dream a reality as we seek to deliver truly global sport for all.”
After the 2023 Men’s World Cup in France, England will host the 2025 Women’s World Cup (having hosted it in 2010), with the tournament set to increase the number of qualified teams from 12 to 16.
The 2027 Men’s World Cup in Australia follows three in the northern hemisphere (England 2015, Japan 2019, France 2023) and their bid beat that of Argentina, while Russia withdrew theirs in December 2020. This is the second time that Australia has hosted a men’s World Cup. Cup after 2003, and it will run from September 10 to October 23, 2027.
The 2029 World Cup will be the second time the Southern Hemisphere will host the women’s competition following the delayed 2021 World Cup to be held in New Zealand in October 2022.
For 2031 and 2033, the United States’ announcement comes after World Rugby confirmed in November that it had entered into “exclusive discussions” with the United States regarding hosting the two world rugby events. The United States was initially interested in hosting the 2027 men’s competition, but turned their attention to 2031 to give themselves enough time to fine-tune their plans.
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President Joe Biden announced his support for the U.S. bid in April and said the government guarantees required to stage such a tournament would be “executed by officials who have the skill and authority.” Biden added that the government was looking forward to helping “put on the most successful Rugby World Cups in history”. World Rugby talks about the nine-year track giving them plenty of time to transform the sport in the United States as it prepares to host rugby’s biggest events.
Sources have told ESPN that the men’s tournament is expected to remain in its existing October-November window through 2031, with the US bid for both tournaments including NFL stadiums among the 25 potential host cities: Atlanta ; Austin, TX; Baltimore; Birmingham, Alabama; Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Nashville, TN; New York/New Jersey; Orlando Florida; Philadelphia Cream; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; San Diego; San Francisco Bay Area; Seattle; washington d.c.
USA Rugby Managing Director Ross Young said: “I speak on behalf of the rugby community and fans across the United States when I express our sincere gratitude to World Rugby for their trust and endorsement of our vision to grow this amazing sport exponentially across our country.
“USA Rugby will now venture into a new era and ensure that the sport’s most treasured event is a springboard for creating lasting and lasting enthusiasm and passion for rugby from coast to coast. We look forward to partnering with World Rugby in the years to come to ensure that our preparations for these tournaments and the events themselves are a paradigm-shifting catalyst for the growth of our sport, not just here in the United States but in the whole world.”