— Published 25 April 2022

Five editions at once

The die is cast. Barring an unlikely turn of events, the next Rugby World Cup, from 2025 onwards, will be played in England, Australia and the USA. World Rugby announced late last week in a statement that its Board will select the host nations for each World Cup, men’s and women’s, between 2025 and 2033 at its meeting in Dublin on 12 May. The names will be officially unveiled mid-afternoon during a streaming ceremony, but they are already known. World Rugby explains that its Board will “consider” England for the Women’s World Cup in 2025, Australia for the Men’s World Cup in 2027 and the Women’s World Cup in 2029, and finally the United States for a second consecutive double (Men’s World Cup in 2031 and Women’s World Cup in 2033), as hosts of the World Cup. Five editions awarded in one go, unheard of in the international sports movement. With a double World Cup in the United States, a modest one in the world of the oval ball, but with a development potential deemed considerable by the discipline’s governing body.