— Published 4 April 2022

Australia can do it twice

Great news for Australia: World Rugby has awarded it the enviable status of “preferred candidate” to host the Women’s World Cup in 2029. Already the overwhelming favourite to host the men’s World Cup in 2027, the country can now prepare to do double duty. Alan Gilpin, the executive director of the international body, explained: “We are excited by Australia’s vision and passion in working with World Rugby to deliver an outstanding Rugby World Cup in 2027, and now in 2029.” Officially, we will have to wait until May to find out the host countries for 2027 and 2029, but the die has already been cast. The United States could be a threat to Australia’s ambitions, but the American project leaders announced last month that they were focusing on the next two editions, in 2031 for the men and 2033 for the women. The women’s World Cup has already been awarded to New Zealand for this year and to England for 2025. With this double victory in rugby, Australia can complete a catalogue of major sporting events that is already very rich, with the Women’s World Cup in basketball this year, the Women’s World Cup in 2023, co-hosted with New Zealand, and then the Summer Games in 2032 awarded by the IOC to Brisbane and Queensland.