Rugby Australia has announced that they will bid for the two World Cups – 2021 women’s and 2027 men’s. In 1987, Australia had co-hosted, alongside New Zealand, the 1st Rugby World Cup for men’s and subsequently hosted the 2003 event.
The chance for Australia are high as the 2023 event has been awarded to France, therefore, it is likely that the next World Cup will be awarded to a country in the southern hemisphere. The women’s World Cup which was first held in 1991 as it has never been held in the southern hemisphere, thereby, the Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne believes that the time is right to bring it to Australia.
The Chairman further said:
- “The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle for our Qantas Wallabies and Buildcorp Wallaroos teams and we want to bring those tournaments home for any player, boy or girl, man or woman, who ever dreamed of lifting the cup here on our home soil.”
- “As we edge closer to the 15th anniversary of the last Rugby World Cup played in Australia, regarded by many as the greatest in the tournament’s history, we are excited to confirm that Rugby Australia will bid for the hosting rights for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021 and the 2027 (Men’s) Rugby World Cup.”
- “These two competitions have strengthened the pathway for women’s rugby and are providing more opportunities than ever before for young girls and women to pursue their ambitions of playing the game at the highest levels and representing their country on the biggest stage, including the World Cup and the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
- “The women’s World Cup is growing from strength to strength off the back of an incredible tournament in Ireland this year and, given Australia’s track record in hosting major events, we are supremely confident of delivering a tournament like no other in 2021.”
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