USA launches 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

22 Oct 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

USA Rugby has officially launched its bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2027 or 2031, aiming to become the first country in North or South America to stage the men's tournament.

The bid now puts USA Rugby in direct competition with Australia for hosting duties in 2027. However, Russia have also expressed an interest in staging the tournament.

Australia is considered to be the favourite for 2027 since the men's Rugby World Cup has not been held in the southern hemisphere since 2011, when New Zealand hosted and won the tournament.

After working on this for a year now, we are confident in the strength of this bid, the support around us, the cities and stadiums interested in hosting, our country’s top-level infrastructure for large-scale sports events and the opportunity the U.S. population of sports fans presents for rugby’s growth,” Jim Brown, USA Rugby's bid leader, said in a statement.

It would feature 20 nations and 48 matches over seven weeks.

USA Rugby also confirmed that it will bid to host the women’s Rugby World Cup in 2029.

USA Rugby have confirmed that around 28 cities have expressed interest in staging matches, some of which would be played in NFL stadiums. They include Boston, New York, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.

If the USA’s bid is successful, it means the 2027 Rugby World Cup will be sandwiched between the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup which will be joint hosted by USA, Canada, and Mexico. Also, the 2028 Olympic Games are scheduled to be held in Los Angeles.