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Australia Bid For 2027 Rugby World Cup

Australia Bid For 2027 Rugby World Cup

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ugby Australia will announce their bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Sydney today, hoping to add to the long list of major sporting events Australia is set to host over the next decade.

Australia last held the event in 2003 with the hosts losing to England 17-20 in the final.

Rugby Australia chairman, Hamish McLennan said in a statement, the opportunity to host the World Cup would help create a lasting legacy for Rugby in both Australia and the Pacific.

“This is an exciting day for all Australians as we formally put our hand up to host the third-largest sporting event in the world,” McLennan said.

“Hosting Rugby World Cup 2027 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Australia, which would drive substantial economic outcomes for our country, while also providing a lasting legacy for Rugby in this region,” he said.

A successful bid would add to the ever-growing list of high-profile sporting events Australia will host over the next decade.

McLennan said: “[hosting the World Cup] allows us to support the Australian Government’s ambitions around major events in what is shaping up to be a green and gold decade for the nation – from the FIBA Women’s World Cup in 2022, ICC’s Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022, FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, the British and Irish Lions Tour in 2025, Netball World Cup in 2027, and the exciting potential of an Olympic Games in Queensland in 2032.”

2027 Bid Advisory Board Chairman, Sir Rodd Eddington, said if the bid were successful, the event would have a significant impact on Australia’s economy.

“The event is a beacon to the business community and tourists around the world,” Eddington said.

“The 2027 event is projected to attract more than two million attendees across seven weeks of competition, including 200,000 international visitors, and generate $2.5 billion in direct and indirect expenditure to the economy, while also creating 13,300 FTE jobs and stimulating $500 million in new trade and investment,” he said.

In a statement regarding the bid, Minister for Sport, Richard Colbeck, said securing the event would be another chance to “showcase Australia’s sporting credentials.

“Australia already has a strong record as an international host,” Colbeck said.

“We understand what it takes to stage the kind of major sporting events that are watched by millions of sports fans across the world.

“It will also be a point of pride for Australian spectators who will be cheering from the sidelines,” he said.

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