the World Cup will be exported for the first time to the United States

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Supported by President Joe Biden, the American candidacy was validated Thursday by the World Rugby body to host the men’s World Cup in 2031 and the women’s edition of this competition in 2033. Nearly forty years after football, rugby will in turn have its World Cup in the United States.

The World Rugby organization has designated, Thursday, May 12, the host countries of the next five Rugby World Cups with two editions, that of men in 2031 and that of women in 2033, in the United States, the first in history. in the land of Uncle Sam.

Before visiting this new and still unexplored territory, rugby will first settle in its cradle, in England, in 2025 for the Women’s World Cup. Next will come Australia in 2027 (men) and 2029 (women). Then the United States.

“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”, rejoiced Bill Beaumont, president of World Rugby.

“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.

The American candidacy had been supported by President Joe Biden, who last month sent a letter to World Rugby in which he recalled the desire of the United States to help the development of this discipline on American soil and in the whole world.

“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,” said commented the general manager of the American Federation, Ross Young.

France will host in 2023 The next edition

England, which will host the 2025 women’s edition, have already played host countries three times with a women’s World Cup (2010) and two men’s (1991 and 2015).

“We are delighted to host the 2025 Rugby World Cup, it is going to be amazing (…) We will leave a lasting legacy for women’s rugby in England, the UK and around the world, attracting more players and new audiences”, promised Sue Day, director of operations and finance of the English Federation (RFU), former captain of the England team.

Australia, which has already organized the first men’s World Cup in 1987 (with New Zealand) and again in 2003, was delighted to welcome the men in 2027 and the women in 2029. “We are delighted to to host not one but two Rugby World Cups on our shores is 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 that we all love to grow and thrive for the years to come,” said Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan.

The 2027 men’s edition will be the first in the Southern Hemisphere since the 2011 edition contested in New Zealand. England and Japan had hosted the 2015 and 2019 vintages respectively. France will organize the next one, in 2023, which will be the tenth edition for men of this competition.

By exporting across the Atlantic, the Rugby World Cup validates its desire to expand, after having already visited Asia (Japan) three years ago. Africa will still have to wait to receive its first World Cup since South Africa in 1995.

With AFP


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