Australia awarded hosting rights to two tournaments

Sydney Harbor Bridge was lit up in resplendent green and gold on Thursday night as Australia secured the hosting rights for the 2027 (men’s) and 2029 (women’s) Rugby World Cups.

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper and Wallaroos skipper Shannon Parry were at the Sydney Opera House when the bridge lit up and World Rugby voted in favor of Australia in Dublin.

The decision to award Australia the hosting rights for both tournaments was a done deal after a successful campaign to win over game brokers.

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Australia ready for two Rugby World Cups

It will be Australia’s third time hosting the men’s World Cup after co-hosting the first tournament in 1987 with New Zealand and then winning exclusive rights in 2003.

Organizers say the twin tournaments are expected to generate $2.8 billion in direct and indirect spending for the economy, while creating 14,000 jobs and stimulating more than $500 million in new trade and investment.

“It’s a historic day for rugby in Australia,” Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan said.

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“We are more than delighted to be hosting not one, but two Rugby World Cups on our shores.

“It is a game-changer for rugby in this country, a unique opportunity to revitalize and secure the future of the sport here and to see the game we all love grow and thrive for years to come.

Wallabies legend Tim Horan tweeted that it was “the most important moment in Australian rugby history” since winning the 1991 World Cup.

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“We now have a golden decade of rugby ahead of us, with the British and Irish Lions series in 2025, the Rugby World Cups in 2027 and 2029, the Olympics in 2032 and a host of international men’s and women’s teams playing. will travel to Australia for the XVs and Sevens,” said RA chief executive Andy Marinos.

“Australia will become the center of the rugby world over the next decade and that is incredibly exciting.”

Using a new partnership hosting model, World Rugby wants to give the same country back-to-back World Cups, believing it will “support the growth of the sport”.

The 2015 Men’s World Cup in Japan was the first to be held in Asia.

In some parts of the world, the men’s tournament – ​​held every four years – ranks third among global sporting events behind the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.

“We are all determined to make the most of this golden opportunity,” said Wallabies legend Phil Kearns.

“It is also an important moment for our neighbors in the Pacific and we want it to be embraced and treated as a home World Cup by players and fans in the region.

“We look forward to working with our government partners and our colleagues at World Rugby and Oceania Rugby to put in place a legacy program that will ensure this goal is achieved and the impact of the tournament extends across the Pacific region. .”

World Rugby has also confirmed England as hosts of the 2025 Women’s World Cup and the United States as hosts of the 2031 (men’s) and 2033 (women’s) World Cups.

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