World Rugby has confirmed the locations for the next three women’s and two men’s Rugby World Cups, setting a path towards the development of both the tournaments and the game in some old and some new venues.

Sadly Ireland is not going to be a host over the next decade but there is time to plot and plan for putting that right in the longer term and hosting a Men’s tournament for the first time, or a second Women’s in the bigger and stronger form it will be after New Zealand, England and Australia have done their thing.

At its Annual Meeting in Dublin, the World Rugby Council unanimously approved the staging of the Rugby World Cup in England for the Women’s tournament in 2025, followed by Australia in 2029 and the USA in 2033, and for Australia and the USA to double down by hosting the Men’s tournaments in 2027 and 2031.

Some of those who may be playing by then will currently still be engaged in mini-rugby but that’s what long term planning looks like.

The new partnership approach of staging back to back tournaments in the same venues is in line with the ‘game-changer’ objectives of World Rugby’s strategic plan to provide hosting certainty for the Rugby World Cup and stimulate the dynamic development of rugby globally by engaging with more fans and unlocking new revenue streams for increased investment in the sport.

This includes a roadmap to accelerate the sport’s advancement in the USA and increased investment in the women’s game.

“Today, we have approved three exceptional Rugby World Cup host nations – England, Australia and USA – providing unprecedented certainty and an unparalleled opportunity to accelerate the growth and impact of rugby globally,” said World Rugby President Bill Beaumont.

“It is great for rugby, for fans and for the host nations.”

“The confirmation of host locations is supported by a new partnership approach to event delivery, that will power long-term, sustainable development, including in the USA and across the women’s game, enabling the sport to realise its global potential on and off the field, driving significant social and economic benefits for host nations.”

“Today is a landmark moment for the sport and an exciting development for fans. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making this dream a reality as we look to deliver a truly global sport for all.”

“As a sport and an international federation, it is imperative that we continually seek new ways to ensure that the sport converts clear potential into impactful outcomes, and today’s decision reflects that commitment,” added World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin.

“A partnership approach will enable us to develop robust strategic objectives that are great for the host nation and great for rugby and build efficiencies of delivery and resourcing, helping to reduce hosting costs from the outset, while maximising fan engagement, revenue and delivery opportunities. All of which will lead to even greater direct investment back into the game at all levels.”

“We look forward to continuing our engagement with the host partners to deliver the stage for the world’s best players to perform and a festival to excite and engage fans from around the world, growing the rugby movement together in a responsible and sustainable way.”

“I speak for the rugby community and fans across the United States when I express our sincere gratitude to World Rugby for their trust and endorsement of our vision to grow this incredible sport exponentially across our country,” said USA Rugby Chief Executive Ross Young

“USA Rugby will now venture into a new era and ensure the sport’s most treasured event is a springboard for creating lasting, sustainable enthusiasm and passion for rugby from coast to coast. We look forward to partnering with World Rugby in the years ahead to ensure that our preparations for these tournaments and the events themselves are a paradigm-shifting catalyst for the growth of our sport, not only here in the United States but around the world.”

With Japan 2019 delivering record economic and societal outcomes, new commercial partners through to 2023 and beyond, and France 2023 set to smash all previous ticket sales, commercial and broadcast records, Rugby World Cup is an attractive proposition for governments and national unions with a climate positive commitment in line with World Rugby’s Environmental Sustainability Plan 2030.

Meanwhile, the women’s edition will be the jewel in the crown of an exciting new global calendar from 2023 with the introduction of WXV set to revolutionise the competition, competitiveness, and fan engagement landscape.

Rugby World Cup 2021, playing in 2022, in New Zealand will raise the bar after global successes in Ireland, France and England. The 2025 tournament will expand to 16 teams, providing the opportunity for more teams to compete on the biggest stage.

 

 

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