The Rugby World Cup is set to go stateside as the game aims to tap into America’s vast sporting culture… with country set to host men’s tournament in 2031 and women’s event in 2033
- World Rugby will announce that Australia will stage the men’s World Cup in 2027
- The women’s event will take place in England in 2025 and then Australia in 2029
- They will then head to North America for the 2031 and 2033 events respectively
Rugby is finally set for lift-off in the States when the US is confirmed on Thursday as future hosts for men’s and women’s World Cups.
World Rugby will announce that Australia will stage the men’s World Cup in 2027 and then it will head for new territory in the States in 2031. The women’s event will take place in England in 2025, Australia in 2029 and the US in 2033.
For so long, the oval-ball game has been desperate to tap into America’s vast sporting culture and commercial potential.
Rugby is finally set for lift-off in the States when the US is confirmed as future hosts of the men’s World Cup
World Rugby will announce on Thursday the women’s event will take place in America in 2033
Taking the global showpieces to North America is expected to provide the spark needed to realise this strategic objective for rugby, but the chairman of the successful US bids accepts that it will be a long-term mission.
‘Having been part of Major League Soccer’s launch after the 1994 World Cup, I think this will be a catalyst for a lot of investment into rugby in this country,’ said Jim Brown.
‘But people have to realise that the 1994 World Cup was 28 years ago and MLS is still plugging away, trying to grow the game.
‘So this can be a catalyst, but it’s going to take a lot of elbow grease, sweat and tears. People can’t just sit back and think this thing will take off in 2031 because the World Cup was here.’
Brown and his team are ready to fine-tune plans to take fixtures to various iconic American cities and arenas, in the belief that they can lay on a coast-to-coast rugby extravaganza.
World Rugby has been desperate to tap into America’s vast sporting culture and commercial potential