May 13, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier
Australia was confirmed as the host of the two global sporting events on Thursday evening after becoming the preferred candidate for the men’s Rugby World Cup event last November.
The two events are expected to inject $2.8 billion into Australia’s economy through direct and indirect spending.
Australia hosting win coincides with a change in the way World Rugby awards hosting rights for the global tournaments as it looks to “maximise financial and operational efficiencies, while unlocking greater value for hosts and global rugby development”, according to a news statement.
The new process looks to plan the global tournaments in a way that takes into account the sporting, economic, social and environmental context of the host country, rather than have the host conform to an existing event template. The new model will also see the global sporting body “take more direct responsibility” for the delivery of the World Cup events.
In hosting the men’s event in 2027, Australia will become the first country to host three iterations of the Rugby World Cup.
“We are grateful to World Rugby for the trust and belief they have shown in our vision to deliver an exceptional tournament experience for players, officials and fans under the new partnership hosting model,” said Rod Eddington AO FTSE, chair of the advisory board for Australia’s bid.
“Game On for Australia and Game On for World Rugby!”
There was something of a premature celebration last night with the Sydney Opera House lit up in green and gold at 6pm, before actual confirmation of the hosting win came in several hours later.
It is yet to be decided how the tournaments will unfold geographically across Australia, with Rugby Australia to work with World Rugby and Australian states and territories to finalise host cities and venues.
Alongside awarding Australia rights to the 2027 and 2029 events, the World Rugby Council selected the USA to host the 2031 and 2033 men’s and women’s events last night – a significant move given that the US is not traditionally a strong rugby playing nation.
With the two Rugby World Cup events now locked in, Australia has an impressive line-up of global sporting events set for delivery in the next decade, with the Commonwealth Games to be held in regional Victoria in 2026 and the Olympic Games confirmed for Brisbane in 2032.