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'Significant development' in Australia's 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

By Ian Cameron
The Rugby World Cup Webb Ellis trophy is pictured before the Autumn Nations Series rugby union match between France and New Zealand at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Rugby Australia looks copper fastened to host of the 2027 Rugby World Cup, with a ‘signifcant development’ set to be revealed this Monday.

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World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin and Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos are set to attend the event at Taronga Zoo, where said development will be revealed.

Australia are effectively the only side left in running in the race to host the flagship tournament, with USA Rugby turning their attention to hosting the 2031 event instead.

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Having already been named the ‘preferred candidate’, Australia’s hosting now seems to be a formality, with the Aussie government officially offering their financial clout to the tournament this week.

The Aussie government budget confirmed that the investment in Australia’s existing bid for the men’s tournament will be extended to include a bid for the women’s Rugby World Cup in 2029. It follows on from $9.8m in funding the Australian Government has already provided to support Rugby Australia’s bid efforts.

The union, despite their our financial challenges, has been presented as a safe pair of hands for the tournament, which they last hosted in 2003.

“Bringing the world’s third-largest sporting event back to our shores would provide a huge boost to the Australian economy after what has been an incredibly difficult few years for everyone,” said Rugby World Cup 2027 Bid Advisory Board Chairman, Sir Rod Eddington. “RWC 2027 in Australia would welcome two million attendees, including 200,000 international visitors, delivering $2.5 billion in direct and indirect expenditure for the economy and creating 13,300 equivalent FTE jobs.

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“It would also attract 30,000 new participants to the game. This is an unrivalled opportunity to support the Australia economy and grow the game of Rugby in Australia and the Pacific.”

Technically, their hosting won’t be ratified by World Rugby until May 12th. RA will hope the tournament can help arrest and even reverse Australia’s flagging interest in rugby union.

Meanwhile, American President Joe Biden has rowed in behind USA Rugby’s bid for the 2031 tournament, which would use NFL stadiums to host the event and aims to break the 2.47 million attendance record set by 2015 Rugby World Cup in England – should they be awarded the tournament.

If Australia is a safe pair of hands, then the US one is very much an unknown quantity. Nevertheless, the Americans are now hot favourites to be awarded hosting, which is also set to ratified on May 12th. World Rugby are hoping that the tournament could have a similar effect on the popularity of the sport in the US that the 1994 FIFA World Cup had on soccer.

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The fear is that stadia wouldn’t be filled if an America public unaccustomed with rugby union don’t turn out for the event.

President Biden, a distant cousin of Ireland’s Rob and Dave Kearney, is set to write to World Rugby President Bill Beaumont this week on the matter.

 

 

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Jon 53 minutes ago
Buoyant England travel to New Zealand full of hope but are they walking into an All Blacks ambush?

> New head coach Scott Robertson has kept only forwards coach Jason Ryan and conditioning coach Nic Gill from the previous regime *and so there is little institutional knowledge inherent in the new team.* Shows you what the English know about sport. Isn’t just fantastic that the best rugby team, or brand, on the planet has three brothers playing together? One a bull, the other a dancer, and last a .. boxer? Looks like a boxer bless him. > But Robertson has been working to fix that issue, with senior players and coaches having been regularly meeting to work out how they will operate together both on and off the field to ensure there is strong decision-making and a deep understanding of how the team wants to play. Have they? I would suggest then it is not a case of fixing things, that is not what Razor does. Razor will evolve the relationship between player and coach into a more symbiotic relationship. This wont be a coach that shouts down at his players theyre not doing good enough. I can imagine one of the first key areas he will be implementing is the respective leadership for each coaching group. Tight five, Loosies, Halves, Centers, and Back Three, will each have their own leadership team and an agile approach to the playing group relaying what they believe is happening on the training paddock, and in games. It will be a very big step to get everyone involved, able, and thinking about contributing to that process, but I believe a very beneficial one if successful. > England may have their best chance to win in 21 years, but they may also be walking into an ambush – *about to be hit* by a young, gifted, supremely physical and athletic All Blacks team coached by a man who has made every post a winner so far in his career and has this uncanny knack of getting the best out of people. Or, by a group hurting from not getting over the line and proving to everyone they are the best in the world, full of experience and cohesion, grit and motivation. You only need to look at someone like Patrick Tuipulotu to see someone with a fire under his belly from missing out on the last RWC due to injury, and having lost to this opposition in the previous one. It will be very interesting to see how this ‘Razor’ plays it. Does he stick with the traditional and protect the time honored All Black values of commitment, or does he evolve and pick the best players to win the Rugby Championship - and by association this test series - like Akira Ioane?

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