Australia obtains ‘preferred’ status for Rugby World Cup in 27


Australia’s James O’Connor lines up a penalty kick during the International Rugby Union match between Wales and Australia at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday 20 November 2021 (AP Photo / Rui Vieira )


The Men’s Rugby World Cup is expected to return to Australia in 2027.

Australia received “preferred candidate” status from World Rugby, the world’s sport governing body, on Wednesday. The country last hosted the event in 2003.

A final decision will be made in May of next year.

England have been chosen as the preferred candidate to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2025.

World Rugby has also said it will begin what the governing body has described as an “exclusive targeted dialogue” with the United States on hosting the Men’s Rugby World Cup in 2031. It would be the first time that the event would be held in North America.

Ross Young, managing director of USA Rugby, called it “the next positive step”.

“This focused dialogue opens a new door to collaboration and progress, ultimately fueling an optimistic future for USA Rugby and the global game,” said Young.

The announcements come after a review of the host nation selection process for the World Cups.

“The new Rugby World Cup model will see World Rugby take more direct responsibility for delivering flagship events,” the governing body said.

The next Men’s World Cup will take place in France in 2023.

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Naomi C. Amerson