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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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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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Australia was announced as the host of the Rugby World Cup 2027 yesterday! Wonderful news for the nation.

 

Apparently they have submitted 16 venues to the IRB to approve.

My guess would be:

ADELAIDE: Adelaide Oval

BRISBANE: Lang Park

GOLD COAST: Metricon Stadium, Robina Stadium

TOWNSVILLE: North Queensland Stadium

CANBERRA: Canberra Stadium

SYDNEY: Stadium Australia, Sydney Football Stadium, Western Sydney Stadium

MELBOURNE: MCG, Docklands Stadium, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

LAUNCESTON: York Park

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle International Sportspark

PERTH: Perth Stadium, Perth Oval

 

They are weighing up between Perth Stadium, the MCG, or Stadium Australia for the Grand Final. Whoever misses out will get the Semi Finals.

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23 hours ago, Victorian said:

Australia was announced as the host of the Rugby World Cup 2027 yesterday! Wonderful news for the nation.

 

Apparently they have submitted 16 venues to the IRB to approve.

My guess would be:

ADELAIDE: Adelaide Oval

BRISBANE: Lang Park

GOLD COAST: Metricon Stadium, Robina Stadium

TOWNSVILLE: North Queensland Stadium

CANBERRA: Canberra Stadium

SYDNEY: Stadium Australia, Sydney Football Stadium, Western Sydney Stadium

MELBOURNE: MCG, Docklands Stadium, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

LAUNCESTON: York Park

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle International Sportspark

PERTH: Perth Stadium, Perth Oval

 

They are weighing up between Perth Stadium, the MCG, or Stadium Australia for the Grand Final. Whoever misses out will get the Semi Finals.

Not quite yet.  I don’t mean to temper your excitement but this was only the launch of the Bid.   The Host has not been decided upon yet, but Australia is considered favourite.

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I was going to say, I missed that if they made that announcement. :lol:

  

On 7/29/2020 at 9:49 AM, Rob. said:

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

And I'm still confused about how Russia are able to bid.

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I don't doubt Australia could host an excellent RWC again, but while World Rugby claims to want to grow the game they tend to go back to the well far too often when it comes to hosting (Japan being an exception).I had hopes that Argentina would stay in the race. Frankly, why not let Russia host it? The 2023 RWC is being held by a traditional rugby power anyway.

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USA accepted as bid candidate for Rugby World Cup 2027, 2029 and 2031
committee to begin campaign following positive feasibility study
Calder Cahill June 10, 2021

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- USA formally accepted as a bid candidate to host Rugby World Cup 2027, 2029 and/or 2031.

- In August 2020, USA Rugby partnered with key stakeholders across the US on a Feasibility Study to extensively evaluate the potential of hosting a Rugby World Cup in the United States, fielding positive results across financial, host city, stadium, competition and rugby development categories.
 
- Next steps include transitioning feasibility group into bid planning team with their focus now shifting to deliver an extraordinary campaign and proposal, ahead of January 2022 deadline.

GLENDALE, CO (June 10, 2021) – The United States has been formally accepted as a candidate to host one or more of the upcoming Rugby World Cup events in 2027, 2029 and/or 2031. Subsequently, the United States will move forward with a proposed hosting concept following positive outcomes from the Rugby World Cup Feasibility Study that began in August 2020 and World Rugby Dialogue Phase. The feasibility group, in tandem with USA Rugby, will continue its role and transition from exploratory phase to bid planning and preparation ahead of the January 2022 proposal deadline with World Rugby. The group will bring together American rugby and sports experts to develop proposals across a number of hosting concept categories, including financial planning, event objectives, competitions, stadiums and host cities, player welfare, rugby development, legacy and more.

USA Rugby CEO and former General Manager to Rugby World Cup, Ross Young said, “Putting our hand up to host a Rugby World Cup is a benchmark for the game in America, however the exciting stages are just now beginning as the stakeholder group continues into campaign planning. The great work this group of subject matter experts, led by former Director Jim Brown, has done supersedes what has happened previously at this stage, and truly highlights the potential for a Rugby World Cup being held on American soil.”

The United States will move forward with bid proposals for the 2027 and 2031 men’s competition, along with the 2029 women’s competition. As analysis continues, potential for a combined bid of both the men’s and women’s competitions may come together if the process determines this approach is feasible and constructive toward hosting a world class experience across both events.

The decision to take this major step into a host bid campaign is predicated by positive and encouraging results from the Rugby World Cup Feasibility Study, whose sole purpose is to assess the United States ability to host a Rugby World Cup and what the maximum potential and criteria for success would look like. With unique challenges present in the American sporting landscape, the study fielded constructive and quality feedback across financial, host city, stadium, competition and rugby development categories. Most notably, domestic outreach received overwhelmingly constructive feedback and excitement from major cities and stadiums when considering the potential for hosting and supporting men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup matches.

Similarly, preliminary financial analysis reflecting stadium, audience and commercial potential unique to the United States, indicates significant returns and economic impact for the union and global game. Therefore, signifying a meaningful investment for the ongoing legacy of rugby, both domestically and globally. More detail on economic and growth impact will come together through the upcoming bid campaign.

As with the feasibility study, the bid campaign will continue to be funded and resourced by investments from rugby stakeholders across the US landscape, whereby USA Rugby will continue to remain collaborative. Presentable materials of the feasibility study are also being prepared to share with the rugby community, educating on the positive outcomes and encouraging support of the upcoming bid campaign.

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I wish the USA would wait a bit before hosting this. The tournament has never before been hosted by a team outside of the top 10. (Japan is ranked #10, while the USA is ranked #16 in the world.) Watching the US national team get its teeth kicked in will not really "grow the game" among Americans.

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I wish the USA would wait a bit before hosting this. The tournament has never before been hosted by a team outside of the top 10. (Japan is ranked #10, while the USA is ranked #16 in the world.) Watching the US national team get its teeth kicked in will not really "grow the game" among Americans.

the USA has everything needed to host this and make it the best tournament in the history of the game. it could be like the Superbowl, but in many different cities :) 

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Still annoyed Ireland didn't get 2023 with them going back to France after just 16 years, but as always seems to be the case that's all down to backroom deals and I suspect had they given the WRU a couple of games in Cardiff the result may have been different.  

 

Would love to see Italy or Ireland get one of those and guess it's between Australia and South Africa for the others.   I think Covid may focus their minds on more familar hosts, especially as both Ireland and Italy hosting have more risk attached than France or England.    As much as they should try and spread the game I just don't think it would resonate in the US yet in the way it did in Japan, so if they did look to the Americas I'd rather see Argentina get the first opportunity.

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Not massively keen on either Australia or the US for 2027 tbh, feels like they're hogging every major event at the moment. I think I'd probably lean towards the US, just for somewhere different for rugby, and because it's the nearest we'll ever get to Ireland (who so should've had 23 but obviously can't give enough to the accountants) hosting... Argentina deserves one, but I assume they're not bidding. 

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2 hours ago, yoshi said:

Not massively keen on either Australia or the US for 2027 tbh, feels like they're hogging every major event at the moment. I think I'd probably lean towards the US, just for somewhere different for rugby, and because it's the nearest we'll ever get to Ireland (who so should've had 23 but obviously can't give enough to the accountants) hosting... Argentina deserves one, but I assume they're not bidding. 

Yes I agree, even as an Australian.  I’m not sure who else is interested in bidding for the 2027 Rugby World Cup besides USA and Australia.   There may be more bidders (?) but only started looking at this again today.

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How weird or of a coincidence it would be though if they award 2027 to America and 2031 to Australia. They are literally following the Olympics

 

2019 RWC- Japan, 2020 2021 OLY- Tokyo, Japan

2023 RWC- France, 2024 OLY- Paris, France

2027 RWC- USA, 2028 OLY- Los Angeles, USA

2031 RWC- Australia, 2032 OLY- Brisbane, Australia

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