The United States will host the Rugby World Cup for the first time Sports news

DUBLIN (AP) – The United States will host the Rugby World Cup for the first time after voting it for a men’s tournament in 2031 and a women’s tournament two years later.

World Rugby announced the host countries for all the World Championships in 2025-33 after its Council meeting in Dublin on Thursday, while Australia also hosted mutual tournaments in 2027 (men) and 2029 (women).

The sport is groundbreaking in introducing its most prestigious tournament to North America, and World Rugby sees it as an area of ​​untapped potential in both commercial and sporting terms.

The organization of the two World Cups will cost approximately $ 500 million, with profits and losses shared between World Rugby and USA Rugby. More than 20 U.S. cities are potential hosts of World Cup matches, USA Rugby said.

The offer received support from the White House, with US President Joe Biden sending a letter to World Rugby last month, providing government guarantees and support for “the development of rugby in the United States.”

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The Men’s Rugby World Cup is considered in some parts of the world to be the third largest sporting event after the World Cup and the Summer Olympics.

The United States has been organizing all three events over a five-year period since 2026, starting with the Men’s World Cup that year – with Mexico and Canada as co-organizers – and then the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028.

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