Aussies eager to host RWC2027
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Rugby Australia has signalled its intent to secure the hosting rights for the 2027 Rugby World Cup and 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The Rugby Australia Board resolved to launch official bids for both the Women’s and Men’s tournaments on the day the code announced a new national women’s competition to kick off in 2018.
Australia hosted the men’s edition of the Rugby World Cup in 1987 - co-hosted with New Zealand - and in 2003, but has never hosted a Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Rugby Australia Chairman, Cameron Clyne said: "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.
"The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle for our Wallabies and Wallaroos teams and we want to bring those tournaments home for any player, boy or girl, man or woman, whoever dreamed of lifting the Cup here on our home soil.
"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,"
"With the NSW Government’s commitment to building a network of three world-class rectangular venues in Sydney, adding to the mix of quality stadiums available across the country, our prospects of bringing the World Cups to Australia have never been better.
"Without this leadership and vision from Government, Australian sports fans simply wouldn’t have access to the world’s biggest sporting events.
"There has never been a more exciting time in the women’s game and we are looking forward to the inaugural 'Super W' competition kicking off in March before the second edition of the Women’s University Sevens Series in August.
"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 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup will be the ninth edition of the tournament, which was first contested in 1991 and has never previously been held in the southern hemisphere.