The USA has been announced as hosting the 2031 and 2033 Rugby World Cups

The USA has been announced as hosting the 2031 and 2033 Rugby World Cups

The United States has been confirmed to host both the 2031 Men’s Rugby World Cup and the 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cup as World Rugby charts the schedule for the sport’s next 11 years.

The announcement was made in Dublin on Thursday, with England announced as the host of the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup and Australia as the destination for the 2027 Men’s Rugby World Cup and 2029 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The announcement of Australia and the USA as dual hosts for both competitions marks the first time that World Rugby – the sport’s governing body – has awarded both Premier tournaments over a two-year period to the same country as part of a new strategy made last November announced.

“Today we welcomed three exceptional Rugby World Cup host nations – England, Australia and the USA – offering unprecedented security and an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the growth and impact of rugby around the world. It’s great for rugby, for fans and for the host nations,” said World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.

“Today is a milestone for the sport and an exciting development for fans. I want to congratulate everyone who has helped make this dream a reality as we strive to provide a truly global sport for all.”

Following the Men’s World Cup in France in 2023, England will host the 2025 Women’s World Cup (having previously hosted it in 2010), with the tournament poised to increase the number of qualifying teams from 12 to 16.

The 2027 Men’s World Cup in Australia follows three in the Northern Hemisphere (England 2015, Japan 2019, France 2023) and their bid narrowly edged Argentina, while Russia withdrew theirs in December 2020. This is the second time Australia has hosted a Men’s World Cup after 2003 and will be held from 10 September to 23 October 2027.

The 2029 World Cup is the second time the Southern Hemisphere has hosted the women’s competition, following the postponed 2021 World Cup, which will be held in New Zealand in October 2022.

For 2031 and 2033, the US announcement comes after World Rugby confirmed back in November that it had had “exclusive discussions” with the US regarding hosting both global rugby events. The US was initially interested in hosting the men’s competition in 2027, but turned their attention to 2031 to give themselves enough time to fine-tune plans.

President Joe Biden declared his support for the US bid in April, saying the government guarantees needed to host such a tournament would be “executed by officials who have the competence and authority.” Biden added the government looks forward to “helping to deliver the most successful Rugby World Cup in history”. World Rugby speaks of their nine-year career giving them plenty of time to transform the sport in the United States as it prepares to host rugby’s biggest events.

Sources told ESPN that the men’s tournament is expected to remain in its existing October-November window into 2031, with the US bid for both tournaments, including NFL stadiums, among the 25 anticipated host cities: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Birmingham, Alabama; Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Nashville, Tennessee; New York/New Jersey; Orlando Fla.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; San Diego; San Francisco Bay area; Seattle; Washington, D.C

USA Rugby Chief Executive Ross Young said: “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 support of our vision, this incredible sport in our country to grow exponentially.

“USA Rugby will now step into a new era and ensure that the sport’s most valuable event is a stepping stone to creating enduring, sustained excitement and passion for rugby from coast to coast. We look forward to partnering with World Rugby in the years to come to ensure that our preparations for these tournaments and the events themselves are a paradigm shift catalyst for the growth of our sport, not just here in the United States but around the world .”

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