The Sydney Harbor Bridge was lit up in bright green and gold on Thursday night in anticipation of Australia hosting the 2027 (male) and 2029 (female) Rugby World Cup.
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper and Wallaros captain Shannon Parry were at the Sydney Opera House when the bridge was lit and the clock was ticking for the final vote in World Rugby tonight in Dublin.
The decision to grant Australian hosting rights for both tournaments is expected to be a consistent one after a successful campaign to win against the game’s power brokers.
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Australia ready for Twin Rugby World Cup
Australia will host the men’s World Cup for the third time since co-hosting the first tournament in 1987, then won the singles title in 2003 with New Zealand.
“What an opportunity it would be for young players if that were possible,” Hooper said.
“To be a part of rugby and as someone who was probably going to be on the other side of it then, but to be a part of it for some young boys… what a great era or chapter of Australian rugby.”
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Wallace legend Tim Horan tweeted that the expected announcement would be “the most important moment in the history of Australian rugby” since the 1991 World Cup victory.
It will be a busy night for World Rugby who will announce the host country for the Men’s and Women’s World Cups for the period 2025-2033, a total of five tournaments.
The United States is set to be awarded the men’s tournament in 2031 – the first time it will be held in North or South America – and the women’s tournament in 2033.
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Using a new partnership hosting model, World Rugby wants to give the same country repeated World Cup gifts, believing that it will “strengthen the growth of the sport”.
The world sees the American market as an area of undue potential in both the rugby business and the sport.
The 2015 Men’s World Cup in Japan was held for the first time in Asia, and taking sports shoppers to the United States would be another step towards establishing a new market for rugby.
In some parts of the world, men’s tournaments – held every four years – rank 3rd in the worldwide sporting event behind the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.
President Joe Biden sent a letter to World Rugby last month, announcing his support for the American bid and the “development of rugby in the United States.”
The president gave a “government guarantee” for staging the tournament.
“On behalf of the people of the United States, I am pleased to offer my sincere support for this bid,” he wrote.
The cost of the American bid, including the profit and loss shared between World Rugby and USA Rugby, will be about $ 725 million.
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