Nov 29, 2021

World Rugby Approves United States for Exclusive Targeted Dialogue On Hosting Rugby World Cup 2031

The World Rugby Council today voted and approved the United States to enter into an exclusive Targeted Dialogue phase concerning Rugby World Cup 2031 in order to continue and accelerate planning for a U.S.-hosted Men’s Rugby World Cup.

“This is a very positive next step for the USA as we elevate exclusive discussions with World Rugby and our stakeholders around a successful campaign for Rugby World Cup 2031,” said USA Rugby Chief Executive, Ross Young, “The United States is an emerging rugby market primed with potential that we’re excited to unlock and strategically partner in the most effective way. With USA cities, commissions and stakeholders eager to support a USA-hosted Rugby World Cup, this Targeted Dialogue opens a new door for collaboration and progress, ultimately fueling an optimistic future for USA Rugby and the global game.

USA Rugby World Cup Bid Committee Chair, Jim Brown added, “Wonderful news coming out of the World Rugby Council meeting as our hosting concept continues to inspire positive momentum. I’m excited about the work ahead as we continue to finalize our plans and determine which host cities and stadiums that will be a part of this momentous opportunity to grow rugby in the United States and showcase the United States’ incredible sports infrastructure to the global rugby community.”

The World Rugby Council also voted to delay the awarding of the Women’s 2029 Rugby World Cup, enabling World Rugby, in full partnership with unions, to develop a hosting strategy that optimizes the implementation of the new WXV competition, due to commence in 2023.

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