Australia is set to host the men’s Rugby World Cup in 2027 after being named the “preferred candidate” for the event.
- The decision will not be made official until May next year, but World Rugby is working exclusively with Australia
- Rugby Australia’s chairman said winning the hosting rights could help “reboot” the game
- There is a women’s World Cup in New Zealand next year and a men’s World Cup in France in 2023
The World Rugby Council met last night and announced it would work exclusively with Australia on a model. However the hosting rights will not be officially locked in until a vote in May next year.
Australia has not hosted the Rugby World Cup since 2003, when the Wallabies lost to Jonny Wilkinson’s English side in the final, with 2015 the team’s only other appearance in a final since then.
The Wallabies last lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in 1999, and Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan said winning the hosting rights could help move the sport back towards its halcyon days.
“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 announcement is a great reward for those efforts.”
The women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand has been postponed from this year to October and November next year.
The 2023 men’s tournament will be held in France, with England announced as the “preferred candidate” for the 2025 women’s tournament.
“We’re conscious there is still much work to do and we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels,” Rugby Australia chief executive Andy Marinos said.
“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.”
It is one of a number of major international tournaments Australia will be hosting over the next decade, including the 2022 men’s Twenty20 World Cup and 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, culminating in the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane.