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Australia awarded hosting rights to two tournaments


The Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up in resplendent inexperienced and gold on Thursday night time as Australia was awarded hosting rights for the 2027 (males’s) and 2029 (ladies’s) Rugby World Cups.

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper and Wallaroos skipper Shannon Parry had been on the Sydney Opera Home because the bridge lit up and World Rugby solid its closing votes in Australia’s favour in Dublin.

The choice to award Australia hosting rights for each tournaments was a fait accompli after a profitable marketing campaign to win over the sport’s powerbrokers.

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Australia set for twin Rugby World Cups

It will likely be the third time Australia has hosted the lads’s RWC after co-hosting the primary match in 1987 with New Zealand then successful sole rights in 2003.

Australia has by no means hosted a ladies’s RWC earlier than.

Organisers declare the dual tournaments are projected to generate $2.8 billion in direct and oblique expenditure to the economic system, whereas additionally creating 14,000 jobs and stimulating greater than $500 million in new commerce and funding.

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“This can be a historic day for rugby in Australia,” Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan mentioned.

“We’re past thrilled to be welcoming not one, however two Rugby World Cups to our shores. It is a sport changer for rugby on this nation, a as soon as in a era alternative to revitalise and safe the way forward for the game right here and see the sport all of us love develop and thrive for years to come…

“I look ahead to working along with our member union and authorities companions over the approaching years to make sure that we take advantage of this chance and proceed the resurgence of rugby on this nation.”

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Wallabies legend Tim Horan tweeted that it was “probably the most vital second in Australian rugby’s historical past” since successful the 1991 World Cup.

“We now have a golden decade of rugby in entrance of us, with the British and Irish Lions sequence in 2025, Rugby World Cups in 2027 and 2029, 2032 Olympic Video games and a number of worldwide males’s and ladies’s groups due to go to Australia for XVs and sevens fixtures,” RA chief govt Andy Marinos mentioned.

“Australia will turn into the centre of the rugby world over the subsequent decade and that’s extremely thrilling.”

Utilizing a brand new partnership hosting mannequin, World Rugby desires to give the identical nation back-to-back World Cups, believing it can “underpin the expansion of the game.”

World Rugby additionally confirmed England because the host of the 2025 ladies’s World Cup and the US because the host of the 2031 (males’s) and 2033 (ladies’s) World Cups.

In some elements of the world, the lads’s match — held each 4 years — ranks No.3 in international sports activities occasions behind the Olympics and the soccer World Cup.

“We’re all dedicated to take advantage of this golden alternative,” Wallabies legend Phil Kearns mentioned.

“That is additionally a major second for our neighbours within the Pacific and we wish it to be embraced and handled as a house World Cup by gamers and followers within the area.

“We glance ahead to working with our authorities companions and our colleagues at World Rugby and Oceania Rugby to ship a legacy program that ensures that is achieved and the impression of the match extends into the Pacific area.”

The US bid acquired assist from the White Home, with President Joe Biden sending a letter to World Rugby final month giving governmental ensures and his backing for the “improvement of rugby in the US.”

World Rugby mentioned the voting for all 5 tournaments was “unanimous.”

“Right this moment, we now have accepted three distinctive Rugby World Cup host nations – England, Australia and USA – offering unprecedented certainty and an unparalleled alternative to speed up the expansion and impression of rugby globally,” World Rugby chairman Sir Invoice Beaumont mentioned.

“It’s nice for rugby, for followers and for the host nations. The affirmation of host areas is supported by a brand new partnership method to occasion supply, that can energy long-term, sustainable improvement, together with within the USA and throughout the ladies’s sport, enabling the game to realise its international potential on and off the sector, driving vital social and financial advantages for host nations.

“Right this moment is a landmark second for the game, and an thrilling improvement for followers.

“I would really like to congratulate everybody concerned in making this dream a actuality as we glance to ship a really international sport for all.”

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