Australia set to host Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2029 after men’s in 2027
Sydney (AFP) – Australia was named the preferred candidate to host the 2029 Women’s Rugby World Cup on Monday, setting it up for a back-to-back tournament with the men’s tournament in 2027.
World Rugby chief Alan Gilpin said he was impressed with Australia’s proposals to “consolidate the nation’s status at the heart of the world of rugby for a period of three years”.
“We are excited about Australia’s vision and passion to work with World Rugby to deliver an outstanding Rugby World Cup in 2027 and now 2029,” added Gilpin, who was in Sydney for the announcement.
World Rugby is due to confirm the host of the 2027 men’s tournament in May. The 2023 World Cup is in France.
The United States are also in contention, but USA Rugby officials said last month they planned to refocus and seek the men’s World Cup in 2031 and the women’s in 2033 instead.
New Zealand is hosting the Women’s World Cup this year, postponed from 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the 2025 edition set to take place in England.
“Today’s announcement is another step in the right direction for rugby in Australia as we head towards the World Rugby Council’s final decision in May,” said Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan, qualifying that of “once in a generation opportunity”.
“We continue to be driven by the spirit of collaboration in which we work with World Rugby,” he added.
The announcement came a week after the Australian government confirmed additional funding for both events, which was seen as the final hurdle to clear.
Back-to-back Rugby World Cups would further cement Australia’s status as a sporting powerhouse.
As well as the annual Australian Open tennis Grand Slam and Formula 1 race, the country will host the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup and the Women’s Basketball World Cup this year.
It will jointly host the FIFA Women’s World Cup with New Zealand in 2023, a British and Irish Lions rugby tour in 2025 and the Netball World Cup in 2027, while the 2032 Summer Olympics will take place. will take place in Brisbane.
“Australia’s timeline of major sporting events over the next decade, culminating in the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, offers a unique opportunity to create significant socio-economic benefits that will last for generations and drive the recovery of the Australia after Covid-19,” said Sports Minister Richard Colbeck.
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