The Rugby World Cup will head to the USA for the first time after the game’s governing body laid out its plans for the next five global showpieces in both the men’s and women’s games.
America will host the Men’s World Cup in 2031 and the Women’s World Cup in 2033 in what amounts to a bid by rugby’s authorities to grow the game in new territories.
Australia will be the venue for the men’s tournament in 2027 and the women’s in 2029. England will host the 2025 Women’s World Cup.
The news was confirmed by World Rugby after a council meeting in Dublin on Thursday morning.
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RUGBY WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
2022 – New Zealand (Women’s)
2023 – France (Men’s)
2025 – England (Women’s)
2027 – Australia (Men’s)
2029 – Australia (Women’s)
2031 – USA (Men’s)
2033 – USA (Women’s)
‘Today, we have approved three exceptional Rugby World Cup host nations – England, Australia and USA – providing unprecedented certainty and an unparalleled opportunity to accelerate the growth and impact of rugby globally,’ World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said.
‘It is great for rugby, for fans and for the host nations. Today is a landmark moment for the sport and an exciting development for fans.
‘I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making this dream a reality as we look to deliver a truly global sport for all.’
On England winning the bid for the 2025 Women’s World Cup, RFU chief operating officer and chief finance officer Sue Day said: ‘We are thrilled to be hosting Rugby World Cup 2025. It is going to be incredible.
‘We would like to thank the government for their support in making this possible.
‘Working closely with government, UK Sport, Sport England and World Rugby together we will create a lasting legacy for women’s rugby in England, the UK and across the world both in terms of attracting more people to play and attracting new fans.
‘As we have seen from other home World Cups in cricket, hockey and netball, a Rugby World Cup will further advance all women’s sport.
‘The tournament will also deliver significant economic benefits right across the country. I can only imagine how proud we will be and how special it will feel to host the final at Twickenham.’
World Rugby has been desperate to tap into America’s vast sporting culture and commercial potential