“Confirmation of these destinations is based on a new partnership approach to tournament delivery, which will foster sustainable development, particularly in the United States and for women’s rugby, allowing the sport to fulfill its potential on and off the field. and generating significant socio-economic benefits for host countries,” he added.
Rugby will therefore be exported to the United States for the first time, with the men’s Worlds in 2031 and women’s in 2033. This will not be a first on the American continent since Canada had already hosted the 2010 edition, won by the New Zealand Black Ferns.
Joe Biden in support
The American candidacy had been supported by President Joe Biden, who had sent a letter to World Rugby at the end of April. “USA Rugby will now venture into a new era and ensure the sport’s most prestigious tournament is a springboard to igniting lasting excitement and passion for the game of rugby from coast to coast,” said commented Ross Young, the general manager of the American Federation.
England, host country of the 2025 edition, has already hosted three World Cups, one for women (2010) and two for men (1991 and 2015). It will not be a first “Down Under” either, since Australia has already organized the Men’s World Cup in 1987 (with New Zealand) and in 2003. “It is a historic day for rugby in Australia. We are delighted to be hosting not one, but two Rugby World Cups on our shores. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revitalize and secure the future of rugby here and see the sport we all love grow and thrive for years to come,” said Rugby Australia chairman. Hamish McLennan.