/ 21 May 2021

Oz first to join the scrum for 2027 Rugby World Cup

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan says hosting the 2027 World Cup would be a once-in-a-generation opportunity after Oz launched its bid yesterday morning. No other countries have so far indicated their interest in hosting the event. Bids are due by the end of the month, with the winner to be declared in May next year. Delivering a $2.5 billion boost to the economy, 13,000 jobs and more than 2 million attendees, Australia would also get a chance to show off a brand new national rugby museum. Oz has twice hosted the World Cup in 1987 and 2003, but both times lost out on taking home the Webb Ellis Cup. Australia could become World Cup central as it prepares to host the Netball World Cup in 2027 and co-host the Women’s FIFA (aka soccer) World Cup in 2023. In preparation, Football Australia this week showed off plans for a “state-of-the-art” facility in Melbourne’s La Trobe University.

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