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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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South Africa or Australia, I would think. Probably the former, particularly given what happened with 2023.

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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.

21/07/20

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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.”

Fox Sports

 

 

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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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