Unsurprisingly, the World Rugby Council, meeting Thursday in Dublin, nominated the candidates who had already enjoyed the status of “preferred candidate” for many months. “Today we have named three exceptional Rugby World Cup host nations – England, Australia and the United States – providing unprecedented certainty and a unique opportunity to drive the growth and reach of the Rugby World Cup. rugby in the world”welcomed the president of the body Bill Beaumont. “Confirmation of these destinations is based on a new partnership approach to tournament delivery that will foster sustainable development, particularly in the United States and for women’s rugby, allowing the sport to fulfill its potential on and off the pitch. and generating significant socio-economic benefits for host countries”he added.
Rugby will therefore be exported to the United States for the first time, with the men’s Worlds in 2031 and women’s in 2033. This will not be a first on the American continent since Canada had already hosted the 2010 edition, won by the New Zealand Black Ferns. The American candidacy had been supported by President Joe Biden, who had sent a letter to World Rugby at the end of April. “USA Rugby will now venture into a new era and ensure the sport’s most prestigious tournament is a springboard to igniting lasting excitement and passion for rugby from coast to coast.”commented Ross Young, the general manager of the American Federation.
England, host country of the 2025 edition, has already hosted three World Cups, one for women (2010) and two for men (1991 and 2015). It will not be a first “Down Under” either, since Australia has already organized the Men’s World Cup in 1987 (with New Zealand) and in 2003. “It’s a historic day for rugby in Australia. We are delighted to be hosting not one, but two Rugby World Cups on our shores. It’s a ‘game-changer’ for rugby in this country, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revitalize and secure the future of rugby here and see the sport we all love grow and thrive for years to come. coming”welcomed the president of Rugby Australia Hamish McLennan. Regarding the men’s edition of 2027, it will be the first in the southern hemisphere since the 2011 edition disputed in New Zealand. England and Japan hosted the 2015 and 2019 vintages respectively. France will organize the next one in 2023.