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Australia set to host Rugby World Cup in 2027 after being named as the ‘preferred candidate’

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Australia set to host Rugby World Cup in 2027 after being named as the ‘preferred candidate’ to hold the sport’s showpiece event










Australia has effectively been given the green light to stage the 2027 men’s Rugby World Cup after being listed by the sport’s governing body as the ‘preferred candidate’.

Following the lead of the Olympic Games, the World Rugby council has created a ‘preferred candidate’ phase, effectively giving Australia the go-ahead to work with the governing body in preparing to host the event.

It will be the first time since 2003 – when Australia lost to England in the final – that the country had hosted rugby’s biggest event.

Australia is set to host the men's Rugby World Cup in 2027 - 24 years after it last held the event. Pictured is Wallabies centre Hunter Paisami in last weekend's game against Wales in Cardiff.

Australia is set to host the men’s Rugby World Cup in 2027 – 24 years after it last held the event. Pictured is Wallabies centre Hunter Paisami in last weekend’s game against Wales in Cardiff.

Australia had been in a contest with the United States to host 2027 but the US was now likely to hold the event in 2031.

The hosting rights will be officially announced in May next year, but Wednesday’s decision effectively meant the World Cup was Australia’s to lose and can forge ahead with preparations.

Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan declared: ‘This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and we’re now closer than ever before to making that dream a reality.’

The 2027 event is projected to attract more than two million spectators across seven weeks of competition, including 200,000 international visitors, and generate a $2.5 billion boost for the economy.

The hosting of the World Cup will form part of three big events for the sport in Australia over the next 11 years, with a British&Irish Lions tour in 2025 and sevens at the Olympic Games in Brisbane in 2032.

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