— Published 21 April 2022

Joe Biden fully behind the American candidacy

USA Rugby

Are the bets already in? Probably. Engaged in an “exclusive and focused dialogue” with World Rugby for the hosting of the men’s World Cup in 2031 and the women’s World Cup in 2033, the US Rugby Federation has added a new piece to its bid file. A very nice piece: the support of Joe Biden. The President of the United States has written to the President of World Rugby, the Englishman Bill Beaumont, to assure him of the full support of the White House for the two projects led by USA Rugby. “Because hosting a successful Rugby World Cup is important for the continued growth of the sport, the United States will support efforts associated with the Tournaments to promote the development of rugby in the United States and worldwide in a sustainable and humanitarian manner, without any discrimination whatsoever, regardless of nationality, race, or creed, Biden said in his letter to Beaumont. We will also work with the local organizing committee to ensure that any adverse impacts on the environment as a result of the Tournaments are minimized. I am aware that RWCL has asked for certain governmental guarantees with respect to the Tournaments. Please be assured that any guarantees issued by the United States Government in relation to the Tournaments will be executed by officials who have the competence and authority to validly execute such guarantees.” With such support from the Biden administration, the US should land the hosting of both world tournaments, in 2031 for the men and then in 2033 for the women, without too much anxiety. World Rugby should also proceed with a double award for the two previous editions, 2027 for the men and 2029 for the women, but this time to Australia, also designated as a “preferred candidate” by the international body. With such a succession of host countries, World Rugby will be playing both the tradition card, in Australia, and the innovation card, by going to the United States. A mix of genres that has already paid off in the last decade, with a 2015 men’s World Cup in England, followed four years later by a more exotic tournament in Japan.