— Published 21 October 2021

The United States of America joins the race

The Americans are not afraid of being overwhelmed. As hosts of the World Cup in 2026 (with Canada and Mexico), and the Summer Games two years later in Los Angeles, they are now eyeing the Rugby World Cup. Or rather, to be precise, the World Cups. On Wednesday, October 20th, the United States Rugby Federation (USA Rugby) officially launched its bid to organise the global tournament, for both men and women. On the men’s side, the project concerns the 2027 or 2031 editions, with the body’s board having to decide quickly between the two options. But Jim Brown, the head of the bid committee, explained at a press conference that the trend would be towards a bid for the 2031 edition, where the chances of the United States appear to be stronger. Australia seems unbeatable in the race for the 2027 World Cup. And Jim Brown has suggested that four more years would allow the USA to continue to develop rugby and consolidate the market. On the women’s side, the bid will be for the World Cup in 2029. No less than 28 American cities have already expressed an interest in hosting men’s World Cup matches. Twenty-four cities have expressed an interest in hosting a Women’s World Rugby Championship in 2029. World Rugby has set January 2022 as the deadline for submitting bid proposals. The decision will be made in May 2022. For the first time, World Rugby will announce the host countries of four World Cups at once, 2025 and 2029 for women, 2027 and 2031 for men.