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World Rugby announce dual bidding process for 2027, 2031 World Cups

World Rugby will award the next two Rugby World Cups simultaneously in the hope to replicate the success of the 2015 and 2019 tournaments, chairman Bill Beaumont has confirmed.

Beaumont described Japan 2019 as "probably the greatest" World Cup of all time, following up the success of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

The 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups were both awarded in 2009, but World Rugby moved away from that process in the awarding of the 2023 World Cup.

Australia has previously declared its intent to bid for the 2027 Rugby World Cup, with Russia and Argentina also contenders, while America has also been touted as a potential host for either event.

The USA is hosting the 2026 Football World Cup and Los Angeles will host the 2028 Olympics, putting the potential of another major event in 2027 under a cloud.

With a dual announcement, though, there is the potential that the 2031 World Cup could go to a country like the USA, giving the bid winner close to a decade to prepare for hosting.

The bid process will formally begin in November 2020, with the final call to be made in 2021.

World Rugby has already announced it will review the process it undertook last time, where South Africa was announced as World Rugby's recommended host for 2023 well before the final vote, which went to France against that recommendation.

Beaumont confirmed the new process after the recent World Rugby Council meetings in Japan.

"As we look to the future, I can confirm today that the World Rugby Council has approved the implementation of a dual host selection process for 2027 and 2031," he said.

"The dual selection process will be launched in November 2020 and will enable World Rugby to select an optimal combination of hosts rather like what we've achieved here."

World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper said he hoped the council would be willing to take a risk and take the tournament to new territories as they did in awarding Japan the first World Cup in Asia.

“(Japan) have been magnificent and warm hosts. We really hope other unions find the courage now to throw their hat into the ring to host a Rugby World Cup, perhaps as an emerging nation," he said.

"I hope that it also gives courage to World Rugby to be bold in decisions as they were in 2009 when they chose Japan.”

 

https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2019/11/05/rugby-world-cup-bidding-process-2027-2031

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Interesting, surely that’s USA 2031 all but locked in if they do the same known quantity/new frontier pair. The interesting thing is where 27 will go, presumably not Europe again so I guess South Africa is favourite. Although, given the success & the fact that the IRB have been returning to Cardiff every 8 years since 1991 (well, until 2023), possibly Japan again?

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John Coates Joins Rugby World Cup Bid Team

International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates adds another project to his portfolio.

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Coates and Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori (Tokyo 2020/Shugo Takemi)

Coates has joined the effort to bring the Rugby World Cup back to Australia for the first time since 2003. The Australian reports he has been appointed to the 2027 Rugby World Cup bid advisory committee.

Australia is the only current candidate bidding for the tournament after Argentina pulled out of the running in April.

But Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan is taking no chances as Coates and Wallaby great Gary Ella are the newest members of a nine-person committee that includes former Australian prime minister John Howard, former Australia governor-general Peter Cosgrove and World Cup-winning captain John Eales.

“John Coates is Australia’s top sporting official globally and a legend and he knows how to get bids done,” McLennan told The Australian.

Coates, who played a key role in the successful Sydney 2000 bid, is already part of the regional Brisbane bid for the 2032 Olympics.


IOC President Thomas Bach signed off on Coates adding another job to his workload just a few days after the Sydney native, who also chairs the Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, was elected IOC vice-president on July 17.

Coates told The Australian his strong Olympic ties could help his country land the Rugby World Cup in 2027.

“It is an Olympic sport and there’s many IOC members who come from a rugby background and when we are back travelling again, I don’t think it is going to hurt to gently talk the talk. I guess I can contribute when it comes to the candidature, how best to prosecute it and those sorts of things,” Coates said.

Australia’s chances of winning the bid are helped by the fact that the southern hemisphere has not hosted the sport’s showpiece event since New Zealand did it in 2011. England hosted in 2015, Japan in 2019 and France will do the honors in 2023.

World Rugby announced in November 2019 that it would award both the 2027 and 2031 tournaments simultaneously in 2021. Given the Covid-19 pandemic, that timeline may have to be altered.

The United States is believed by many to be the favorite for 2031. A 2027 bid would seem less appealing, given that the USA is already co-hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup and Los Angeles is hosting the 2028 Olympics.

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Looks like competition:

 

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The game they play in Kremlin? Russia’s shock bid to rival Australia for 2027 Rugby World Cup

Vladimir Putin has backed a surprise bid from Russia to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

With the president’s support, the Russian Rugby Federation has confirmed the country will bid to stage the global tournament, with Australia the current favourites to earn host status.

World Rugby’s official host bidding process will open in February 2021, with the 2027 host decision expected in May 2022.

France held off competition from Ireland and South Africa to stage the 2023 tournament, with Japan having enjoyed a record-breaking competition in 2019.

Russia finished bottom of Pool A at Japan 2019, with former London Welsh and Dragons coach Lyn Jones at the helm, and ex-Northampton wing Vasily Artemyev the captain.

“On July 24, the supreme council of the Russian Rugby Federation established a committee to prepare an application to host the Rugby World Cup in Russia in 2027,” read a statement on the Russian Rugby Federation website.

“Anticipating the creation of the committee, chairman of the supreme council of the Russian Rugby Federation Igor Artemyev recalled that the initiative to prepare an application to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Russia was supported by the president of Russia at the council for the development of physical culture and sports.

“The necessary consultations were held with the participation of the ministry of sports. By the end of this year detailed information and criteria for the application are expected.”

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I don't understand how they're allowed to bid under the terms of their sanctions. This should be a one horse race.

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USA Rugby announces steps towards World Cup bid, backed by MLR owners

USA Rugby will explore a bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2027 or 2031, an effort backed by a “focused group of stakeholders” that includes interests from Major League Rugby, the US professional competition which completed two seasons before its third fell victim to Covid-19.

As well as the men’s event, generally considered the third-biggest global sporting event after the football World Cup and the Olympic Games, USA Rugby will consider bidding to host the women’s tournament in 2025 or 2029.

Ryan Patterson, a co-owner of the San Diego Legion in MLR, told the Guardian: “From work to date, we’d expect a Rugby World Cup in North America to be the most-attended, commercially successful in history, introducing millions of new players and fans to the game.”

He also said MLR interests were “excited to partner with USA Rugby” to bring the World Cup to “North America in 2027”.

USA Rugby has emerged from bankruptcy proceedingsafter, among other factors, the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in 2018 produced a significant loss.

“While preliminary, a study of this nature will be very insightful and ensure appropriate due diligence is performed at every stage of the process,” USA Rugby chief executive Ross Young, formerly general manager for three men’s World Cups, said in a statement.

“This group of stakeholders have the best interest of the American game in mind and this report will offer the opportunity for more productive discussions with World Rugby at the beginning of next year, prior to any decision to continue the bid process.”

In a release, USA Rugby said the study would “focus on objective analysis, financial considerations, technical requirements and stakeholder support across the greater sports landscape. Similar to previous Rugby World Cup host unions, objective analysis will include legacy of the tournament and positive impact for the game of rugby in the United States.”

France will host the tournament in 2023. World Rugby has announced a single bidding process for the next two events, with a deadline in January 2022. Australia is favourite to host in 2027. Russia has announced a bidbacked by Vladimir Putin.

The bidding process will include a “dialogue phase”, in February 2021, which USA Rugby described as “an opportunity for open communication between World Rugby, unions, governments and other key stakeholders in order to understand the business and delivery model, how each will partner with World Rugby and ultimately build a compelling bid proposal”.

The US will host the 2026 football World Cup, with Canada and Mexico, and the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028. As World Rugby looks to repeat the success of Japan 2019, a tournament held in a tier-two rugby nation, many observers see the US as a possible host for 2031.

Many also see it as an untapped market crucial for success in a post-pandemic world. But in the American game, the last two years have been tempestuous.

MLR ended its third season after just five rounds, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and amid rumours of financial problems. The Colorado Raptors, a foundation team, have withdrawn. A project in Hawaii backed by a group of ex-All Blacks will not play in 2021 as planned. Missing a payment deadline, the Hawaii operation questioned the league’s financial health and ability to survive Covid-19.

Nonetheless, MLR interests have formed Rugby Growth Investments (RGI), which according to a foundational document obtained by the Guardian is seeking investors as it looks to “access, influence and accelerate” North American rugby, with the aim of hosting the World Cup by 2031.

Touting “globally connected, well-capitalised, active rugby investors and advisers”, the document lists Stirling Mortlock, a back who captained Australia and played 80 Tests from 2000 to 2009.

Mortlock did not reply to an email seeking comment but Patterson said: “San Diego Legion and other MLR owners created Rugby Growth Investments to fund opportunities at all levels of the North American rugby ecosystem. Partnering with USA Rugby to finance a RWC bid for 2027 would be transformational event that would fast-track game-wide growth.”

The RGI document identifies challenges which face anyone looking to invest in US rugby, where specialised facilities are few and crowds and TV audiences low in world terms.

“North American Rugby is highly fragmented,” it says. “It lacks an effective and sustainable rugby ecosystem. It needs capital, expertise, centralised platforms and opportunities for competition.”

RGI says it can be “a strategic capital partner” for MLR, USA Rugby and World Rugby, in order to “fast-track community, commercial & high-performance systems in preparation for a RWC” in “North America [in] 2027 or 2031”.

The document also says RGI aims to “drive value in MLR” and “build a ‘World Cup ready’ rugby ecosystem”.

Patterson said: “Other RGI investments in Major League Rugby and central platforms and services aim to connect the rugby community, engage fans and develop youth pathways, club and collegiate players and aspiring coaches.”

Jim Brown, a member of the USA Rugby board who has advised major events including Olympic Games and football World Cups, will steer the feasibility study.

In a statement to the Guardian, he said: “There are a number of involved stakeholders with vested interest in the domestic game, which includes parties within MLR.

“The opportunity of hosting the biggest event in our sport and all it brings with it would of course be a driving force for the league, so their active participation and support during the preliminary stages is crucial.”

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